What will you receive from first appointment?
Save up to € 200 compared to other clinics for a dentist diagnostics
Printed treatment plan without obligations with all the pros and cons
2 to 3 alternative treatments (cheap and more expensive)
(with XRAY + € 30)
What is a crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap “of metal and / or porcelain that fits exactly your tooth. The “cap” is placed over a tooth to cover it or to restore its shape, size, strength and improve its appearance.
When is a dental crown needed?
- There is insufficient grip for a filling. By tooth decay a large part of the tooth or choke can be lost.
- To improve appearance. Usually it involves discolored and / or malformed teeth.
- To protect a tooth from risk of fracture if large fillings have already been incorporated.
What is a bridge?
Bridge is made to replace one or more missing teeth. It is attached to two or more pillars. Bridge consists of two or more crowns that fit on pillars. Usually bridge is cemented to the natural teeth or implants which surrounds the empty space.
When is a dental bridge needed?
- Restore the ability to chew and speak
- To improve appearance
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- To replace a removable dentures
If one or two teeth on both sides are healthy for a bridge use, and implant may be a good alternative as a durable solution.
What types of bridges are exist?
This type of bridge is used to replace missing teeth if there healthy teeth on either side of the gap that are able to support a bridge between them. This bridge can be also placed on implants.
The pillars are on one side of the missing tooth. They are designed for the pontic to be located outside of the abutment teeth. This type is not recommended for the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and damage them.
For this construction you don’t need to cut teeth. Mainly used to replace a tooth. Easy to install and remove.
What materials are used for crowns and bridges?
Crowns of porcelain zirconium can be used in many situations. New techniques like CAD / CAM make a closing crown with a laser. This dental material looks very natural and gives the most natural and aesthetic result. Ideal for people with a metal allergy.
Metal (Chrome-Cobalt) is used as a base and is considered to be very strong. It is suitable for larger bridges. The layer of dental porcelain is applied over the visible part of metal. These are the most used crowns and they are very aesthetic. Also there are crowns with precious metal base such as gold, palladium, and titanium.
What is the treatment with a crown or a bridge?
The treatment with a crown or a bridge proceeds in several steps. This requires two or three visits to the dentist. A crown or a bridge is made in a dental laboratory. This requires approximately two weeks of time.
Treatment in steps:
1. Tooth drilling
First of all, a part of the tooth is drilled until there is enough room to make a crown or bridge. If necessary, you get a local anesthesia.
2. Print creation
Then, the dentist makes a print of your entire jaw or the part of it. For this the dentist puts the print spoon into your mouth. This creates a print that later will be gypsum in a dental laboratory. The crown or bridge is made on this gypsum model.
3. Bite regression
With the bite regression, the dentist determines how to match your teeth and chooses your lower and upper jaws. This requires a print of the opposite jaw. For this purpose, the dentist uses a hard material.
4. Color determination
Usually, the frontal crown or bridge has a special layer. Together with your dentist you can select the needed color.
5. Temporary crown
For your comfort and for the protection of your tooth, the dentist makes a temporary crown. Don’t eat hard or sticky products. The temporary crown isn’t intended for this.
6. Fitting and locking
At the last appointment, your dentist adjusts the crown or bridge in your mouth to fit, allowing you to see the result and glue it after your approval. On the inside of the crown or bridge, he applies a fast-hardening cement / glue. Then he slides the crown or bridge and presses it firmly and removes the glue residue.
If your tooth doesn’t offer enough strength for a crown or bridge, your dentist can first make a buildup. He glues the structure with a pin in the root canal. Then he places the crown or bridge over the structure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to care for the crowns and bridges?
Daily oral hygiene is extraordinary in crowns and bridges. Especially the gums around the crown or bridge should be well cleaned. A vulnerable place is the edge of the crown or bridge. Toothpaste can easily be left behind. Paste causes holes along the edge of your crown or bridge and inflammation of the gums. Carefully brush this area with a toothbrush and use toothpicks, floss wire. Your dentist or dental hygienist can give you advise.
How long crowns or bridges last?
The materials are so durable that a crown or bridge last at least ten years. On average they spend 15 to 20 years. Good oral hygiene and no smoking have a good impact on sustainability.
Will I have a pain after applying crowns or bridges?
After placement of crowns or bridges, a tooth may be sensitive to cold and hot. This is usually a temporary feeling. If sensitivity persists or becomes more severe you should consult your dentists. Sometimes there is a post treatment such as a nerve treatment.
Are crowns and bridges are covered by the insurance?
The fees vary by insurance and package. Your health insurance policy states what fees you can be entitled.