My dentist says I need a five unit bridge. I have a lot of bone loss from gum disease and he is afraid a partial will place too much pressure on my teeth since they are somewhat loose. The price he quoted is $5500 plus extraction costs. Is this a reasonable price or should I look elsewhere?
– Lela in Texas
The fee is in line for Texas. But I don’t understand why he’s suggesting a dental bridge instead of a removable partial denture. Maybe there’s something different about your situation. But a removable partial places less stress on the adjacent teeth and is much less risky. A bridge puts a lot of stress on the teeth it attaches to. And then, if you have a problem with one of those teeth it is resting on, you have to scrap the whole thing and start over, whereas with a partial you can later add a tooth to it without a lot of work or expense.
I’d encourage you to get a second opinion to see if the bridge is really the best treatment for you.
– Dr. Hall
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About David A. Hall
Dr. David A. Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does advanced internet marketing for dentists.