Just hoping and wishing for a great smile won’t work. Cosmetic dentistry prices for tooth crowns and bridges certainly aren’t going to go down much in the near future. But by requesting a free quote from Smile Clinic Slovakia for your crowns and bridges, you will receive a simple dentistry treatment plan today, and be on the path to taking action that will change what and how you eat, and even how you look and smile forever.
What are porcelain crowns?
A tooth crown (commonly know as tooth caps) is a porcelain cap made from pure ceramic placed over a carefully prepared natural or dental implant. Once the crown is permanently cemented, your smile and chewing ability is like that or even better than your natural teeth. It is used in the case of tooth restoration, for a tooth or teeth gone past the stage of protection by simple white fillings or inlays / onlays, or for extensive cosmetic changes to a person’s smile.
Apart from gold crowns, There are 2 commonly used types of crowns, porcelain fused and all ceramic. These are either custom made by hand or are made using a 3D scanning machine called “Cerec” in our dental lab.
A metal core forms the interior and the basis for exterior porcelain. The metal creates the strength that functions like your natural teeth and the exterior porcelain ensures that the color and shape matches your existing teeth naturally. For this type of tooth crown or a tooth bridge made up of this type of ceramic bridgework, 2 visits are needed with two weeks between them.
All ceramic crown
This special type of crown is made from a porcelain-like material called zirconium oxide.
Next to your natural teeth, it is almost impossible to differentiate which are your natural or zirconium oxide teeth, due to their translucency the crowned teeth do not seem darker but much more natural when taken with a flash camera. They also save you from the “grey rim” – sometimes you may notice on older people with porcelain fused crowns, that they have a grey rim around the top. This happens when the gums recede with old age.
You can check out these names (procera, zirconia) on the Internet, and you’ll see that they are used by the best dentists in the world, but with a huge price tag. Also if you have metal allergy or concerns about metals, the zirconium oxide crown is highly recommended.
You can replace one, two, three or four missing teeth next to each other with a porcelain crown bridge. A bridge permanently connects two existing (natural or implanted) teeth, filling in the area left by a missing tooth or two, three or four teeth. The two ends of the bridge are anchored to natural or implanted teeth. The materials used for creating a bridge are a custom shade of porcelain chosen by you to match your surrounding teeth.
The crowns hold the bridge, and the existing (natural or implanted) teeth, on each side of the missing one(s), hold the crown. The teeth on both sides of the missing one(s) must be prepared as crowns, which will serve as abutments to hold the replacement teeth in place.
Although a bridge can, in theory, replace even more than 2 missing teeth next to each other, we generally recommend one or two dental implants. A bridge combined with dental implants will result in more strength, comfort and a longer lasting solution than a bridge in itself.
Reviewed by: Dr Marek Šalka