Dental crowns, often referred to as a `caps,’ are fixed prosthetic restorations used for several reasons such as:
A Bridge is similar to a crown, however the main difference is that a bridge is used to help replace missing teeth. A bridge is usually two crowns that hold on to a `dummy` tooth in the middle. This `dummy“ tooth sits right on the gum line to appear as natural as possible. Bridges may also in some case be used as an alternative to dental implants.
Crowns and bridges are made from numerous types of materials such as metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or composite resin. When crowns and bridges are made, the materials are closely matched to the natural tooth colour to blend in as best as possible. With proper care, crowns and bridges can last 10-15 years, and longer in some cases.
Crowns and bridges are generally completed in two visits. The first visit consists of preparing the tooth intended for crown/bridge, followed by impressions (molds), which are then sent to a laboratory to create the crown/bridge. The second appointment is when the permanent crown/bridge is cemented using a special glue made specifically for the use of cementing crowns and bridges to ensure its stability. When affixed, the crown/bridge fully encases the portion of the damaged tooth/teeth that sits above the gum line. Crowns and bridges are custom made to fit over each tooth.
Most insurance companies cover a portion of a crown or bridge under restorative services. A single crown can range between $1000-$1500. A Bridge can range between $2000-$5000. 0% interest monthly payment plans are available for patients to take advantage of for extensive treatment.
Dr. Girn has over 20 years of experience in successfully performing hundreds of crown and bridge procedures, including cosmetic cases as well. His special attention to detail ensures a near perfect fit and a long lasting crown and bridge.