What Are Porcelain Crowns?

Porcelain crowns are a popular dental restoration used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. Each porcelain crown is custom made for a natural look and fits over the affected tooth like a cap. The durable porcelain-based material can strengthen the tooth structure while also protecting it from further damage or decay.

What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge can replace one or more missing teeth, restoring both the form and the function of your smile. The restoration is typically composed of a porcelain crown on either side of a gap with an artificial tooth attached in the middle. Many patients who are not good candidates for dental implants choose dental bridges as an effective missing tooth solution. Each dental bridge is carefully crafted to blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural teeth.

What Are the Benefits of Crowns and Bridges?

Both porcelain crowns and dental bridges are designed to improve the function of your teeth while enhancing the aesthetics of your smile. When a tooth is damaged or decayed, a porcelain crown can preserve the natural tooth structure, conceal tooth imperfections such as chips or cracks, and cover any stains or discoloration. Dental bridges replace missing teeth, which can improve the strength of the bite, prevent unwanted movement of the adjacent teeth, reduce the risk of gum disease, and allow the patient to eat and speak with ease. During the consultation process, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Andrew E. Skasko, will perform an oral exam, discuss your cosmetic goals, and determine your candidacy for porcelain crowns or dental bridges.

What Can I Expect in the Crown and Bridge Procedures?

Dr. Skasko uses innovative technology that allows him to create a digital mockup of your new smile. These digital images give patients the opportunity to “try on” their new smile before the crown or bridge is made. Previewing a smile design also facilitates better communication between the patient and our dentist about their cosmetic goals and expectations.

The first step of the porcelain crown procedure is to “prep” the tooth by removing any decay and shaping its structure, which will eventually allow the porcelain crown to be securely fixed in place. A digital impression will then be taken of the prepped tooth, which allows us to either create a single-visit crown using CEREC® CAD/CAM technology, or to send a mold to one of the world-class dental technicians we work with, who will fabricate your custom restoration. In both cases, porcelain crowns can be tinted to match the color of the surrounding teeth for an extremely natural-looking appearance. If the crown has been sent to a lab, a second appointment will be scheduled once it has been fabricated to complete the final restoration.

Since the replacement teeth of a dental bridge are attached to two porcelain crowns, the first step of the procedure is to prep the teeth adjacent to the gap, as detailed above. While a mold of the affected area of the mouth is sent to our dental technician, a temporary restoration can be worn. Once the permanent restoration is returned from the lab, the dental bridge can be attached, and your smile will be complete.

How Much Do Crowns and Bridges Cost?

The average cost of a single crown is approximately $1,400-1,900. Since each porcelain crown or bridge procedure is customized to the individual’s needs, the price will vary based on factors such as:

  • Number of affected/missing teeth
  • Location of the affected/missing teeth
  • Dental technician and laboratory fees
  • Overall complexity of the procedure
  • Experience of the cosmetic dentist
  • Geographic location of the practice

Dr. Skasko will provide you with a cost quote for your custom porcelain crown or bridge procedure at the conclusion of your preliminary consultation. Qualifying patients can take advantage of flexible financing options that offer low monthly payments and low interest rates.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about how crowns and bridges can improve the look and function or your teeth, please contact Elite Dental to schedule your appointment.

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