Dental Crowns & Bridges
Everyone is at risk of losing a tooth. Whether as a result of periodontal disease, an accident or blow, a tooth can fall out and leave a hole in the mouth, which gives a sloppy appearance and loss of the ability to chew.
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.
What is a dental crown?
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.
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.
When do you need a dental crown?
There are different reasons why a dental crown may be required. Some of the most common include:
To replace large fillings. Fillings are generally intended to cover small holes. If more than 50% of a tooth is damaged, a crown may be placed instead of a filling to provide adequate protection.
To replace missing teeth. Dental crowns are widely used over dental implants (which are artificial tooth roots) to replace missing teeth.
To treat broken cusps. A cusp is a hard eminence on a tooth that emerges from the surface on which the tooth bites (canines each have a single cusp, premolars have two, and molars typically have four or five cusps). In this case, a crown can be used to prevent fractures.
To improve the appearance of the teeth. Crowns are a good way to cover discolored, misshapen, or cracked teeth; they are manufactured to match neighboring teeth in size, shape, and color so that the end result is both beautiful and functional.
To seal a tooth after root canal therapy. Since a root canal involves drilling into the tooth to access an infection, it can weaken the tooth and require a permanent dental restoration to stay healthy, such as a dental crown.
To restore teeth severely damaged by cavities, that are weak, broken or with a very dark color.
In teeth whose structure has been affected by an excess of reconstruction material and little healthy dental tissue.
When placing a dental implant, where the crown is fixed by a screw.
What to expect during a dental crown procedure in Tijuana?
Usually, the procedure involves two visits with the dentist. In the first one, the tooth will be examined and an impression of the mouth will be taken with a mold to build the crown to match the rest of the teeth in both shape and color.
It will also be important to share with the specialist your medical history in order to know any allergies, diseases or habits relevant to the procedure.
In this first visit, a temporary resin crown will be placed to protect the tooth while the final crown is being fabricated. To place the temporary crown, it will be necessary to file the tooth to leave space to implant the dental crown. The process is performed under local anesthesia, so it is not painful.
In cases where the dentist considers it necessary, an x-ray of the tooth and jaw is taken to observe factors that carry the risk of damage or infection in the dental pulp.
It is important to emphasize that even if it is a temporary crown, it is done in the laboratory and the color is perfectly adjusted to the shade of the teeth surrounding the new implant.
In the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and replaced with the new one, which will be fixed in the gum. The first thing will be to make sure that the permanent crown meets the patient’s needs and does not cause any discomfort.
If the new implant is correct, the specialist must apply a disinfectant solution on the tooth or molar to be treated. This is done in order to prevent any bacteria or residual caries under the crown from causing damage later on.
For the placement, local anesthesia is applied to numb the area and not to feel discomfort during the placement. At the end, the patient will not suffer any discomfort and will be able to return to normal activities while the anesthesia wears off.
How long does the procedure to place dental crowns take?
The first visit for consultation, check-up and placement of the temporary dental crown can take 60 to 90 minutes. For patients who need an x-ray, the procedure time will be an additional 30 minutes on average.
The second appointment can last between 30 minutes and 45 minutes, in this occasion the permanent crown is placed, and the pertinent revisions are made with the objective of assuring the patient’s health and that there is no discomfort.
Dental crowns in Tijuana pros and cons
- These are a permanent solution for severely damaged teeth.
- They are resistant and long lasting because with proper care they can last around 20 years.
- They prevent the deterioration of other teeth due to missing teeth.
- It does not involve treatment of the nerves or the gums.
- They restore the function, shape and size of the original teeth.
- Its placement is not painful.
- In some cases, for its placement, it is necessary to cut or carve the original teeth, so that they fit correctly.
- If it fits poorly, or becomes loose due to improper care, there may be a buildup of bacteria under the crown.
- May increase sensitivity or reactivity to heat or cold.
What is a Dental Bridge?
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. In addition, they provide the following benefits:
They are cheaper than a dental implant.
They are very durable.
They help prevent the mobility of neighboring teeth.
They are easy to care for and maintain.
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 & After Photos, Dental Crowns and Bridges
Real pictures of our patients, before and after their dental procedures:
Cost of Dental Crowns & Bridges in Tijuana
These incredible savings will give you a good reason to smile:
|SERVICES||OTHER CLINICS IN USA||THE DENTAL DISTRICT||SAVINGS|
|Porcelain Fused-To-Metal Crown||$1,200||$260||78%|
|3-Unit Dental Bridge||$3,600||$750||79%|
|Full Metal-Porcelain Dental Implant||$3,000||$1,990||34%|
|Porcelain Fused-To-Metal Crown||$1,200 – In USA||$260 – The Dental District||78% Savings|
|Zirconia Crown||$1,500 – In USA||$410 – The Dental District||73% Savings|
|3-Unit Dental Bridge||$3,600 – In USA||$750 – The Dental District||79% Savings|
|Full Metal-Porcelain Dental Implant||$3,000 – In USA||$1,990- The Dental District||34% Savings|
Our dentists and specialists have extensive experience in performing simple and complex dental treatments, helping families and patients of all ages from Mexico and the United States.
Do you want to know more about Dental Crowns & Bridges?
At The Dental District, we are ready to answer your questions.
Does it hurt to put on a dental crown?
Sometimes patients feel pain after the placement of the dental crown due to the restorative procedure, but the discomfort will subside.
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.
How do I care for a dental crown?
Taking care of dental crowns is very similar to keeping your teeth in good condition. It is recommended:
- Do not open bottles or containers with your teeth.
- Do not bite your nails
- Do not chew ice
- Do not bite food that is too hard, better cut it into small pieces.
- Do not grind your teeth
- Maintain good dental hygiene
- Periodically go for a dental check up
How can I know if I am a candidate for this procedure?
People with cracked, broken, decayed, deeply stained, or missing teeth are candidates for dental crowns. Schedule your assessment appointment.
Why choose The Dental District?
Our dental crowns and bridges services are performed with high quality materials, using the most innovative and minimally invasive procedures available today.
The Dental District team is composed of specialists certified in the best universities in Mexico and the United States. In addition, each service we offer is comprehensive, as we have doctors with extensive experience in various areas of dental health; with all this, we can guarantee healthy, aesthetic and functional results.
Our costs are considerably lower than in U.S. clinics; save up to 80% on the price while receiving the same quality service. We are committed to offer a unique medical experience, with a friendly, humane and honest treatment.
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