A crown is a versatile treatment option that helps to strengthen teeth when they become weakened due to decay or injury. They also limit further damage from affecting the tooth. Crowns are sometimes called caps as they are placed over the top of natural teeth, designed to strengthen the visible part of the tooth.
Dental crowns are available in wide range of dental materials, including ceramic, precious metals and porcelain fused to metal. Modern crowns are strong, durable and aesthetically pleasing, with most people preferring to choose all-ceramic dental crowns as they look more like natural teeth. The cost of crowns will vary, depending on their size, location, and the amount of preparation work required before they are fitted. As a guide, you can expect:
- Price: $1,400 to $1,700 per crown
Benefits of Crowns
- They are aesthetically pleasing and blend in with surrounding teeth. The outside world won’t even be able to tell you have a crown.
- They are stain-resistant and durable, meaning the financial outlay is money well spent.
- They allow full-function of the tooth, so your tooth is restored to its former state, without compromise.
Our Procedure for Affixing Crowns
Two visits are usually required; one to prepare the tooth and another to fit the crown. On the first visit our expert team will:
- Take x-rays to check the roots for infection and decay and see if a root canal treatment is necessary
- Apply a local anesthetic and file the tooth down to make room for the crown.
- We will then make an impression of your tooth and send it off so that a specially tailored crown can be made.
- Give out a temporary crown to protect the tooth in between appointments.
At the second appointment, we will:
- Check the fit and shade of your crown.
- Once you’re happy with the colour and the fit of your new crown, we’ll give you a local anesthetic to numb the entire area.
- Then, finally, your new crown will be cemented into place.
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. The actual restoration is made from a false tooth (also called a pontic) that is fused to a covering (or crowning) over one, or both neighboring teeth. The most commonly used dental bridge is a traditional fixed bridge. Bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, helping to restore function to the mouth and improve your confidence in your smile. Costs vary considerably when it comes to bridges, depending on which tooth is being replaced, and with which bridge:
- Price: $1400 to $5000+
Types of Bridges
The type of bridge chosen will usually be dependent on the location of the missing tooth. Maryland bridges are mainly used to replace a missing front tooth and cantilever bridges are often employed in cases where there is a healthy tooth on only one side of the gap.
Bridges can be made from different materials including precious metals, porcelain and porcelain bonded to metal. Porcelain is a particularly popular option because it produces more natural aesthetics.
Dental bridges are long lasting, aesthetically pleasing, and less invasive than implants. They are also un-removable meaning you don’t have to worry about taking them out every time you eat.
Benefits of Bridges
- Like crowns, bridges are aesthetically pleasing and closely resemble natural teeth.
- They are less invasive than implants.
- They require a relatively fast procedure for such an enormous result.
- They are un-removable so you don’t have to worry about taking it every time you eat like you would with a plate.
Our Procedure for Bridges
Our bridge procedure requires two or more appointments, depending on each individual patient. During the first visit:
- Your neighbouring teeth will be prepared by filing away enamel to enable a crown to be fitted.
- An impression will be made so the custom bridge, pontiac and crowns can be made.
- A temporary bridge will be fitted to protect the area.
During the second visit:
- Our expert team will check that the bridge is a perfect fit and see if any adjustments need to be made.
- Depending on the fit, we may temporarily cement the bridge into place and ask you to come back in a couple of weeks to check on the fit. A perfect fit is absolutely necessary to ensure that your bite isn’t affected, which will lead to further dental issues down the track.
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