METAL-FREE CROWNS AND BRIDGES

PROSTHODONTICS

METAL-FREE CROWNS AND BRIDGES

Dental crowns and bridges are ceramic restorations that completely cap the teeth and restore missing teeth.

WHAT IS A CROWN?

A dental crown is a very aesthetic and strong restoration that caps a whole tooth restoring its structure, function and aesthetics. Crowns are elaborated in a dental laboratory from ceramics and has to fit perfectly on your tooth. They are recommended when a tooth has lost a lot of dental tissue, has overcome endodontic treatment or other reasons. Since a crown encircles a whole tooth, it protects the tooth from a fracture.

WHAT IS A BRIDGE?

A bridge is a unit of few crowns connected together. Usually a bridge is used to restore a missing tooth. It has a false tooth (pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Usually it is recommended when a gap is not too wide, when surgery is not possible or abutment teeth are already decayed and need restorations.

OTHER

Restores missing tooth structure

Restores lost tooth functionality 

Protects endodontically treated teeth from fracture 

Restores tooth aesthetics

Improves oclusion 

Bridges restore missing teeth, especially when implant surgery is not possible 

Metal-free crowns and bridges require less tooth preparation and is minimally invasive

The teeth have to be prepared for the crowns to fit, so more dental tissue has to be removed, especially when preparing for a bridge 

If the bridge is very long (more than 4units) the abutment teeth can suffer from overload, which can result in mobility, fracture of those teeth or other issues 

“ WHAT SEPARATES DENTISTRY FROM ART IS THAT DENTISTRY IS MEANT TO BE… FUNCTIONAL”

 

– Anonimous

FAQ´s

The treatment itself is not painful, but some anesthesia might be needed just to avoid sensitivity or gum irritation. If a tooth is still vital and is being prepared for a crown or a bridge, it can be sensitive while you wear temporal crowns.

Most of the times crowns are recommended to protect your teeth, especially after root canal treatment, so it doesn’t destroy your teeth. If you choose to make a bridge on healthy teeth to restore a missing tooth between them, then you have to know that healthy dental tissue will be removed to create space for a bridge.

Metal-free crowns and bridges are very aesthetic, especially when fabricated by a high level dental technician. 

The treatment usually has three stages – 1) preparation and impression making, 2) a trial of a structure in a mouth, 3) cementation. Depending on the case complexity, it might take more or less time. Normally between the appointments should be 5-7 days.

Restoring teeth with Metal-free ceramic crowns and bridges is considered one of the best long-term treatments. To achieve the best results, high quality materials, very precise treatment planning and performing, also a very accurate oclusion adjustment are required.

The price per piece can vary anywhere between 350-700eur depending on material, complexity and structure. The best way to find out is to have a consultation with a Dental Aesthetics Specialist.

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