Crowns & Dental Bridges
Crowns and dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices which are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. They become necessary when there is not enough tooth structure remaining to support a filling because of tooth decay or fractures.
Why would I need crown or bridge work?
If a person is missing one or more teeth, this can adversely affect the ability to chew. It also affects facial structure, increases stress on the remaining teeth, and can make the cheeks look older. Crown or bridge work can restore a tooth’s natural function and appearance.
What’s the procedure and cost?
During an initial consultation, a dentist will examine the condition of the patient’s teeth, gums and jaw to determine whether crown or bridge work is appropriate.
After administering a local anaesthetic, the dentist reduces the size of the patient’s tooth by filing it to the correct conical shape. At this stage, some patients may require a root canal treatment.
The dentist will then make an impression of the filed tooth, along with adjacent teeth and opposing teeth in the opposite arch using dental putty. This mould is then used to create the crown or dental bridge, which is cemented in place at the patient’s next appointment.
Crowns and dental bridges are designed to last a long time. Following a thorough oral hygiene program after treatment helps to ensure that they last as long as possible.
As with most dental treatments, the cost of crowns and dental bridges can vary depending on the extent of treatment, materials used and location. Typically, porcelain bonded to gold crowns cost from £600 to £3,100 each. New reinforced resin, or bonded all-porcelain crowns, cost more than other crown types because they require more work from the dentist.
Our team of patient co-ordinators are on hand to help you find the most competitive price.
Pre-requisites for treatment
Not all patients are suitable for crown or bridge work. Damaged teeth need to have a preserved root to which crowns can be attached. Dental bridges need at least two preserved teeth or dental roots to be successfully attached.
If you’d like to find out more about crowns and dental bridges and whether it is a suitable treatment for you, please get in touch with one of our patient co-ordinators who will be happy to discuss your requirements.