Dental Crowns and Bridges, Tijuana Clinic for Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental crowns and bridges are artificial tooth restorations designed to replace the natural teeth when those teeth have become damaged, diseased or are missing. Crowns and bridges are similar in construction. A dental bridge is simply a series of dental crowns fused together in order to span a gap with one or more missing teeth. A bridge has two types of crowns: The anchoring crowns on either side of the gap with the dental pontics suspended in the middle.
There are many different material options for dental crowns and bridges.
There are at least four basic types of materials available for dental crowns and bridges
1) All ceramic and zirconia dental crowns and bridges
This includes all porcelain E-Max and Porcelain Zirconia BruxZir crowns. Both of these dental crown materials are available at our clinic. All ceramic crowns are great for restoring front teeth due to the color and translucency matching properties of this material. However, this dental crown material type requires the removal of more of the underlying dental structure than dental crowns containing a metal or alloy. This could potentially increase the sensitivity to pressure or temperature, and therefore pain, for some dentistry patients. We generally recommend BruxZir zirconia for dental bridge tooth restorations. Zirconia has excellent aesthetic properties while retaining the strength and durability of a PFM type of dental bridge.
2) Porcelain fused to metal dental crowns
PFM crowns are created by fusing an outer layer of porcelain to a metal base. This union provides strength as well as durability to the porcelain. These tpes of dental crowns are durable and long-lasting, but have a color profile less optimal than all porcelain. Another common problem with PFM dental crowns is that there can be a visible dark margin close to the gum line. PFM crown can be fused to both noble (gold alloys) and base metal structures.
3) Gold and noble metal alloy dental crowns and bridges
These dental crowns and bridges are made of gold, copper as well as other metals and metal alloys. This dental crown material adheres tightly to the tooth structure. Gold and other “noble” alloys are wear resistant and are gentle to the opposing teeth it comes in contact with. This material is known to be more bio-compatible than base metal crowns.
4) Base metal alloys dental crowns and bridges
These dental crowns contain non-noble metals which are designed to give strength to the crown as well as to be more resistant to corrosion. While not as natural looking as porcelain crowns, these dental crowns are durable and wear gently on the opposing teeth.
Why is it important to replace missing teeth?
It is important to replace missing teeth for a number of reasons besides how you look. A missing tooth can and will cause all of your teeth to gradually slip out of alignment. This can effect your other teeth as the occlusion (the bite surface) begins to put pressure of the other teeth that previously did not exist. This can cause the increased surface decay on all of your teeth. As the roots of all of your teeth shift, the likelihood of periodontal disease increases. Missing teeth may cause speech problems as well. Also TMJ may appear or worsen. Finally, missing teeth can increase bone loss in your upper or lower jaw, decreasing the chance of implant replacement later while shrinking your face. Shrinking your face.
Crowns | time and cost
All prices for dental crowns are the price per unit for dental bridges. Simply multiply the number of units (teeth) in the bridge by the price per dental crown for the total cost of the dental bridge
There are a number of options for dental materials. There are three popular dental crown choices. These are PFM, or porcelain fused to metal, all porcelain E-Max and finally “BruxZir” all zirconia dental crowns. Pricing and information for these types are as follows:
Tooth preparation, or Buildup: $80 (as needed)
Porcelain Fused to Metal: $400
Pro: The standard dental crown for decades, PFM crowns are relatively durable and have a natural tooth color.
Con: PFM crowns are not as lifelike as all porcelain crowns. PFM dental crowns are more opaque than natural teeth. These types of dental crowns also can display a dark margin at the gum line.
E-Max All Porcelain $510
Pro: Superior aesthetics, color, translucency and lifelike characteristics.
Con: Not as durable as PFM or Zirconia, with lower strength, hardness and brittleness. Not recommended for molars or bridges.
BruxZir Zirconia: $590
Pro: All of the aesthetic characteristics of all porcelain, with superior strength and durability in all areas.
Con: Can present wear on the opposing teeth.
Crowns and other restorations require 2 appointments 7 business days apart. Cerec, or milled, option is available at a cost of $50 per crown and may be delivered next day. (Porcelain or Zirconia only)
A consultation with digital X-Rays and a careful oral evaluation by Dr. Baker will then determine the best course of treatment and restoration for each tooth. Crowns will often require a tooth buildup. Dr. Baker will then take dental impressions for crowns and other restorative procedures. Dr. Baker will create temporary crowns to use until the second appointment.
Dr. Baker will deliver the crowns and make adjustments as needed.
We take care of your transportation needs here in Mexico. This includes to and from the border, to and from your hotel, to the pharmacy and more. We provide transportation from the San Diego Airport to our offices as needed. Hours are Monday-Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-3. We accept all major credit cards, PayPal and U.S. currency.
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Phone: (619) 971-2297