Bridges & Dental Crowns in Tijuana

Dental crowns in Tijuana

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    Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetics cemented onto a patient’s existing teeth or implants to replace damaged or missing teeth.
    A dental crown is a “cap” that is placed over an existing tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, or improve its appearance. They are also used to protect teeth that have undergone root canal therapy.

    Dental crowns can replace missing teeth, either individually to cover a tooth, or attached to others to work together in what is known as a dental bridge.

    Dental Crowns in Tijuana: Affordable Solutions for Dental Health

    Having a broken or missing tooth is something that affects your appearance, self-esteem, and functionality for chewing and speaking. Dental crowns are an affordable, aesthetic solution that will allow you to regain confidence when speaking and smiling.

    At The Dental District, you will find dental crowns in Tijuana that, together with innovative treatments and highly trained specialists, will restore your smile and functionality. Schedule your appointment today.

    What types of crowns exist?

    In general, crowns are classified based on the material with which they were made:

    •  Porcelain. They are the most used crowns to restore the aesthetics of the teeth since porcelain provides the best combination of colors with a natural appearance. However, it is important to be very careful when chewing as it is a more fragile material than others.
    • Zirconium. It is a high-strength metal, capable of withstanding the daily wear and tear of chewing. They are light aesthetic crowns, reflect light like natural teeth and are biocompatible, which is why they are usually recommended for people at risk of developing adverse reactions or allergies.
    • Resin. This material is soft, so it is only used temporarily to cover missing teeth while the replacement tooth is ready.
    • Metal-porcelain. They are made with metal on the inside and porcelain on the outside to enhance their appearance. They are usually placed on molars to prevent metal from showing through the gums
    • Metal. They are crowns made of metals such as nickel, chrome, gold or palladium, which are long lasting, but have fallen into disuse.

    Dental Crowns Cost in Tijuana Mexico

    Can you imagine saving up to almost 80% and obtaining the same high- quality dental treatments as in the United States? Here’s a price comparison:

    CROWNS OTHER DENTISTS IN USA TDD SAVINGS
    Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crown $1,200 $260 78%
    Zirconia Crown $1,500 $410 73%

    Before and After

    Dental Bridges

    A dental bridge is a prosthetic appliance used to “fill” the gap left by a missing or extracted tooth; they are supported on natural teeth or implants, which serve as anchors.

    Dental bridges – which can be made of materials such as metal, ceramic, resin, or porcelain – are designed to recover the aesthetics and the masticatory function of the patient.

    Types of Dental Bridges

    There are 3 types of dental bridges, each with different characteristics in terms of design:

    • Traditional Dental Bridges. It is the most popular type of dental bridge. They can be made up of one or more false teeth; commonly used when the patient has teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth or teeth.
    • Cantilever Dental Bridges. They are very similar to traditional dental bridges, but instead of being supported on two anchors, they are supported on just one. Typically, this type of dental bridge is used in areas where there is less pressure during chewing.
    • Maryland Dental Bridges. This type of bridge is attached to the inner surface of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Unlike others, with this one it is not necessary to carve the structure of the supporting teeth, but the patient must have healthy and strong natural teeth. Typically, a Maryland bridge is a temporary solution for those who have undergone a dental implant surgery.

    Before and After

    Post-treatment protection: after a root canal treatment

    On some occasions, root canal treatment or endodontics weakens the tooth and dental structure, so it may be necessary to place a crown to keep the piece safe. However, this depends on the degree of tooth deterioration, as in many cases, dental reconstruction after treatment is sufficient.

    Aesthetic improvement: correcting dental shape, size, or color

    Dental crowns are custom-made to completely cover a tooth, improving its aesthetics, shape, size, and color in cases such as dental malformation, worn, weakened, or cracked teeth.

    Dental crown placement procedure

    Often, dental crowns placement is done in two or more appointments with the dentist. In the first appointment, the dentist examines the piece to ensure it will support the crown. In the same session, measurements will be taken to send them to the dental technician and begin work on the crown. Let’s delve into the steps:

    Initial evaluation: dental examination and treatment planning

    In some cases, the dentist may perform metal tests to ensure that the area will support the metal that the crown will carry. These tests are usually done when crowns will be placed on dental implants.

    Tooth preparation: reduction and shaping for the crown

    The dentist will prepare the piece to receive the crown and ensure it fits perfectly with the adjacent teeth, without discomfort, and leaving enough space to pass dental floss and maintain proper hygiene.

    Temporary placement: protection while the definitive crown is fabricated

    The dentist will place a temporary protection in the office to prevent the patient from feeling uncomfortable with the lack of a dental piece, as well as to keep the tooth protected after procedures such as a root canal treatment.

    Final installation: Adjustment and fixation of the permanent crown

    When the dentist will have the crown ready, they will try it on the patient, and if necessary, it will stay in the office or be returned to the technician if it requires adjustment in size, shape, or any other aspect. Finally, on the day of placement, the dentist will apply a special adhesive to permanently attach the new crown to the tooth.

    Cost of dental crowns in Tijuana

    At The Dental District, you will find the following options:

    Porcelain-fused-to-metal crown: $350.00 USD.

    Zirconia crown: $490 USD.

    Veneer – Porcelain: $410.00 USD

    Precautions

    Dental crowns are permanent prosthetics that can last from 10 to 20 years depending on the manufacturing material and following basic hygiene care: brushing teeth 3 times a day and using dental floss to prevent residue buildup at the gum line.

    Temporary sensitivity and risk of fracture

    In very few cases, dental crowns come loose, and food residues accumulate between the gum and the crown. Long-term, this can cause sensitivity, bad breath, and risk of fracture of the original piece.

    Fortunately, these risks can be avoided by periodically visiting the dentist for professional dental cleaning and crown review.

    FAQs

    Does it hurt to put on a dental crown?

    Occasionally, patients may experience some discomfort following the installation of their dental crown as a result of the restorative process, but rest assured, the pain will gradually fade away.

    Can I eat after having a dental crown?

    No. It takes a while for the crown bonding material to harden and allow the crown to remain intact. For this reason, you should not eat anything for a few hours after placement, and avoid chewing hard foods with the new tooth.

    How long do dental crowns last?

    Dental crowns are manufactured to last between 15 to 20 years, giving them the necessary care so that they do not chip or break.

    What are the benefits of dental bridges?

    1. They are cheaper than a dental implant.
    2. They are very durable.
    3. They help prevent the mobility of neighboring teeth.
    4. They are easy to care for and maintain.

    When do you need a dental crown?

    The most common cases in which a treatment with dental crowns is needed are:

    Damaged teeth: fractures, extensive cavities, or structural weakening

    Dental crowns are a permanent solution in the case of teeth severely affected by cavities, where excessive tooth trimming is required for rehabilitation. In other cases, when a tooth fractures due to an impact or accident, crowns help support and cover the piece before it is lost to prevent structural weakening.

    Likewise, crowns are used as part of bridges and dental implants to cover missing pieces, restoring the patient´s aesthetics and functionality.

    Are dental crowns permanent?

    Permanent dental crowns are made of durable materials such as ceramic or zirconia, allowing for a natural appearance, avoiding breaks or chips, and having a very long lifespan. Depending on the manufacturing material, patient hygiene, and avoiding habits such as teeth grinding, crowns can last between 5 and 20 years.

    Can dental crowns improve my teeth´s appearance?

    Yes. Dental crowns are designed to resemble natural teeth, thus providing a more aesthetic appearance to the smile.

    How long does the entire process take, from the initial evaluation to the final installation of the dental crown?

    The waiting time to place a dental crown depends on the damage to the piece, the treatment the dentist will perform, and the gum´s recovery and healing period. In the case of dental implants, the time can be more than three months, but the patient will use a temporary crown or restoration for aesthetic purposes.

    Can you eat normally with a dental crown, or are there dietary restrictions?

    Immediately after placing a crown, you should wait 2 to 4 hours before eating for the adhesive to work correctly. For the following days, the dentist will likely recommend soft foods and gradually reintroduce regular eating.

    What special care should be taken with dental crowns to prolong their lifespan?

    While dental crowns are very resistant, as the original piece is weakened, the following tips are recommended to prolong their lifespan and appearance:

    • Do not eat very hard foods or cut them into small pieces.
    • Do not chew ice • Do not bite on foreign objects, such as pen caps
    • Do not bite your nails
    • Do not open bottles with your teeth
    • Use dental guards in case of bruxism
    • Attend regular dental check-ups
    • Have proper dental hygiene

    Dental crowns can be made of the following materials, depending on their durability and appearance:

    • Ceramic. These are the most common crowns, with an appearance very similar to natural teeth. They are affordable, durable, and biocompatible. Their duration is 15 to 20 years.
    • Metallic. These are crowns made of metals such as gold, nickel, or platinum, with great wear resistance. They are recommended for posterior teeth, which perform chewing functions, although they can be unattractive and the gums may recede over time, and their color may change due to contact with the metal. Their duration is 3 to 10 years.
    • Combined. These are crowns made of metal and ceramic to have the aesthetics of porcelain and the strength of metal. With this option, the risk of gum recession is reduced. Their approximate duration is 10 years.
    • Zirconia. These are metal crowns, but with excellent aesthetic appearance. It is a material with great biocompatibility and does not have the effect of tooth retraction. Its duration is 10 to 15 years.

    • Resins. Resin crowns are the temporary covers that the dentist places during the waiting time for the definitive crown, so they are not very resistant and quickly discolor.

    What happens if the dental crown loosens or is damaged?

    If the crown loosens, comes off, or deteriorates, schedule your appointment as soon as possible. If not repaired or replaced in time, the risk of cavities, fractures, or infections is high.

    The Dental District, your best option

    At The Dental District, you will find the best alternative for dental crowns in Tijuana to recover the health and beauty of your smile. Schedule your appointment today.