Have a broken bridge? Rather have it repaired than replaced?
Broken bridge repair is what we do when a piece of the bridge has broken away. We can repair some of these with an over-crown.
In need of broken bridge repair?
Ok. This is the most cost effective option. In this case Alex broke one of the porcelain teeth from his bridge. He did not want to have to replace all 4 teeth that the bridge was attached to. To do so would cost 4x as much. Furthermore when we replace a bridge we also increase the risk of the existing teeth needing to have root canals done. He met with Dr. Bauer and they discussed his options.
We decided to do a slip crown on the tooth that was broken, essentially a crown placed on the bridge. The results were great. This is a very cost effective way to manage an issue when esthetics matter but the cost of redoing everything is prohibitive.
If you have broken a bridge and are hoping to find a cost effective treatment without replacement, perhaps this option will work with you. Give us a call and we can have you come in and take a look at your bridge and see if this will work on your bridge.
How do we do a broken bridge repair?
It is often a 2 visit procedure. At the first visit we shape the area that broke and we take an impression of the area. Then we temporize the area with a plastic mock up version of the crown. Two weeks later you will return and we remove the plastic temporary version. Next, we try in the final porcelain crown and then cement it on. We design this to stay on permanently. However, the same things that caused the bridge to break can also cause the crown to break.
How much does a broken bridge repair cost?
It usually costs about the same or a little more than a single dental crown. You can find this cost for your zip-code by typing in the dental code for a crown D2740 or searching for dental crown at fair health consumer website. Our current fee for this in 2016 is about $1400.
Other options to repair a broken bridge include bonding to the porcelain. Although this is not super predictable.