Dental Bridges Cost in South Africa

When you consider all the benefits that bridges provide, you might think that it is well worth it. Dental bridge costs could start from R12 000 for a 3-unit bridge.

So why would you spend over R12’000 on the dental bridges cost?

Bridges not only protect against dental carries and gum disease, they also correct malocclusion (improper bite) and hide gaps between teeth. They restore your capacity to chew and speak properly, restore your smile and allow you to maintain your facial shape without distortion or sinking in of your cheeks and lips from declining muscle tension.  It also prevents remaining teeth from shifting out of position and redistributing pressure on the proper bite by filling the gap where missing teeth once were.  A device with false teeth that is anchored to adjacent ones can achieve all this.

What determines the dental bridges cost?

Expense for building bridges includes a complex process of reducing adjacent teeth (abutment teeth) in height for application of crowns under local or sedative anesthesia. An impression is then made of the gap where missing teeth are to be spanned.  Then the dental specialist or dental laboratory will take the mold and fabricate a bridge with an exacting fit.  This is only temporary so that any necessary adjustments may be made at this time.

Finally, at the following appointment, problems are addressed, and the bridge fit is evaluated thoroughly.  The temporary bridge is removed and the new permanent bridge is  adjusted for proper occlusion (bite) and once the fit is satisfied, this bridge is cemented into the adjacent teeth. The false teeth on the appliance are called pontics.  They can be made from porcelain, alloys, gold or any combination of these materials. The abutment teeth can be supported either by implants or natural teeth.

So, one can see that the dental bridges cost will vary depending on implants used versus natural teeth and what material is used to fabricate the false teeth connected to the bridge.

Dental bridges costs can vary according to the three dental bridge types:

  • Resin bonded bridge the false teeth are fused to metal bands.  These bands are bonded to neighboring healthy teeth with a resin, not visible to view
  • Cantilever bridge for front teeth
  • Fixed Traditional bridge spans the gap between one or more missing teeth by creating a crown for the tooth adjacent to the gap with a pontic in between.  These are the most common bridges used.

So, to review, the dental bridges cost will depend on the type of bridge that the patient and dentist agree upon, the material that is chosen to fabricate the device and the geographical area in which the patient and dentist are located as different regions make a difference in price.  If a patient has dental insurance, a portion of the device will be paid for through the dental plan.