Cost of Dental Bridges
Why choose to have dental bridges?
Dental bridges are personalized false teeth used to replace missing teeth. This form of implant will only be used if there are one or two teeth missing. If a tooth has recently fallen out then you will have to wait up to six months for a dental bridge to be implanted. This is to allow the gums to heal, during which you may be given a temporary denture to block the gap in between your teeth. There must be other teeth firmly rooted in the mouth for a bridge to attach. This treatment causes little to no pain, with the price being affected by factors such as the type of bridge used.
Things to think about
It is possible to get a dental bridge on the NHS but the materials used will likely be of a low standard in comparison to what is available through a private clinic. For example, it is unlikely you will be able to get a bridge made up of porcelain, one of the best types available. If you were to acquire a dental bridge through a private clinic then the price would likely fall between £250 and £800. There may even be some cases where the price is slightly higher than this. There are certain matters you should consider when working out how much your treatment will cost:
- It is advisable to get a written approximation. However, you should ask questions to ascertain what this includes as there may be hidden extras you are left unaware of.
- As with any dental treatment through a private clinic the price will vary according to where the clinic is based.
- Make sure you ask how many appointments will be required to complete the treatment, and that they are all included in the cost of treatment.
What does the price include?
You should be careful when choosing to have dental treatment done through a private clinic. There is always the chance that unexpected factors may bump up the price at a later date. Therefore, it is advised that you ask a range of questions as to what the treatment will include and any factors that may increase the cost. Things that may amplify the price include:
- The type of dental bridge being used will bump up the price. This is because some materials are more expensive than others. This will require finer levels of manufacturing, leading to higher costs.
- The profile of the dental practitioner will affect the price, but, if you want the best then you have to pay for the best.
- The number of appointments required can increase the price. Make sure later appointments and after-care is included in the price.
We can not stress how important it is to attain a written estimate. Make sure you check to see what this will include.
Are there any cheap alternatives?
Dental tourism is one option people are now choosing when it comes to dental treatment. Prices are usually cheaper but after-care may be difficult to attain.