Dental crowns and bridges have been among the most widely used devices for cosmetically addressing broken, decayed, damaged and missing teeth for many years.
Crowns, also known sometimes as caps, are generally used to strengthen and repair broken, decayed or damaged teeth, while bridges are often an effective and economical means for treating patients with missing teeth.
Crowns can be made of a variety of materials, with new materials being continually introduced as cosmetic dental technology evolves.
As part of Mexico’s largest private hospital network the Angeles Dental Center boasts the facilities, technology, medical expertise and patient care of a world class dentistry provider.
Information on Dental Crowns and Bridges
Many dental crowns are made from porcelain bonded in layers to a noble metal or Zirconia base. The combination with noble metal gives the crown a great deal of strength and stability but can result in a crowned tooth that appears duller than adjacent natural teeth due to a lack of light refraction in the metal base of the crown. Zirconia bases is more expensive as it is metal free but provides more translucent color.
In cases where a patient has a missing tooth between two healthy teeth, our dentist can trim down the teeth surrounding the missing one, take a mold (impression) of the three-tooth area, and then have a dental laboratory construct a bridge out of porcelain and gold.
The bridge is then fitted over the surrounding teeth and cemented into place, replacing the missing one. Bridges generally result in teeth that look very natural and most patients report that bridges feel like their own teeth.
What to Expect-Crowns & Bridges
As with any cosmetic dental procedure, the dentist will initially perform a thorough oral examination of the patient to determine if a crown or bridge is appropriate to address the patient’s circumstances.
Before the cosmetic dentist can fit a crown or a bridge to a patient’s mouth, the patient’s tooth (or teeth) must be prepared so the crown or bridge will fit properly. Preparation involves carefully shaping and contouring the tooth or teeth to be crowned so the crown or bridge will have sufficient space for a proper fit and a natural appearance. After preparing the tooth or teeth, the dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, the dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of the patient’s existing teeth.
After the preparation is done and the impression is made, the dentist will send the mold to a dental lab, which then makes the crown or bridge in the material specified by the dentist. A temporary crown or bridge may be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary crown or bridge is removed, and the new crown or bridge is cemented over the prepared tooth or teeth.
Procedures for crowns and bridges are usually completed in two sittings, both of which take place in a dentist’s office or dental clinic using local anesthesia.
Are You a Candidate for Crowns or Bridges?
Anyone who might be dissatisfied with the appearance of their smile due to damaged, decayed or missing teeth, or anyone who would like to have a more attractive smile is a potential candidate for cosmetic dental treatment involving crowns or bridges.
Broken, cracked, stained and uneven teeth can often be effectively repaired with crowns, as can teeth that have unusually large cavities. For bridges, the main consideration is whether the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are healthy enough to support being trimmed and contoured so they can effectively anchor the bridge supporting the prosthetic tooth created in the dental lab.
All crown and bridge candidates should be in generally good health and have oral characteristics that will support long-term success of either procedure. In addition, the ideal candidate for these procedures will have a thorough understanding of the treatment and be prepared to consult with the dentist in determining their expectations for the procedure.
All crown and bridge candidates should also be prepared to follow regimens of attentive and consistent oral hygiene after the procedure is complete.
Benefits & Risks of Crowns & Bridges
Some of the benefits of dental crowns include protection against further decay or erosion of damaged teeth and an improved looking smile. A crown can help to hide that badly chipped tooth or unsightly looking front teeth. Dental crowns can restore self-confidence and an attractive smile, but there are also significant medical benefits to be gained from dental crowns.In cases where a patient’s teeth have been subject to decay or damage, they could become breeding grounds for oral bacteria, which can lead to other diseases and oral hygiene issues. Having a tooth restored via a dental crown can alleviate this danger. Aside from having a full dental cleaning, a dental crown in the right place can ensure that a patient’s teeth will not be vulnerable to debilitating oral issues.
Likewise, bridges can restore a patient’s smile and restore a patient’s ability to properly chew and speak, both of which can be affected by missing teeth. Effective bridge treatment can help a patient maintain the shape of their face and properly distribute the forces in their bite by replacing missing teeth. Bridges can also prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position in a patient’s mouth.
The most common potential complication with a dental crown is the risk that it might come loose and detach from the tooth it covers. Most crowns are designed to last for many years but sometimes they can become dislodged prematurely. Dental crowns are constructed from a variety of materials, including porcelain, metal alloys and porcelain fused with metal. Zirconia crowns present a higher risk for complications like fracture or breaking than do metal bonded crowns.
Like crowns, a bridge must fit the supporting teeth tightly. Cleaning the bridge can be difficult and the teeth supporting the bridge may decay or be at risk for gum disease. Sometimes a bridge may become dislodged. This can occur due to a variety of factors but the size, shape, and relationship of the bridge to opposing teeth may create possible problems in certain patients.
Why Choose Hospital Angeles for your Crowns & Bridges?
Crowns and bridges are considered cosmetic procedures and in most cases are not covered by dental insurance. Their final cost in a US dental office or clinic can range from hundreds of dollars for minimal aesthetic restoration to thousands of dollars, based on a number of factors, including the location of the clinic and the experience of the cosmetic dentist performing the procedures. The Dental Center at Angeles Health has helped many patients reclaim their dental health and sense of well-being by changing their smiles.
The average cost for a crown or bridge at Angeles Health varies according to the individual patient’s specific characteristics.
Cost should never be the lone consideration when making a decision about your dental health, however. Angeles Health offers the support and expertise of a multidisciplinary team of specialists who help patients understand and manage all the challenges they face in remaking their smile and appearance. Our facilities and equipment represent dental care value that is second to none.
Patients at Angeles Health receive the expert care of dentists, oral surgeons, nurses and hygienists in our Dental Center who are dedicated to making the medical travel experience as smooth, supported and secure as possible.
Everyone at Angeles Health works to see that patients get the treatment necessary for dental success and that they leave the hospital fully prepared to reclaim healthy, confident lives.