Each treatment responds to a specific need. Our smileydent.com team will know how to evolve all these needs and offer you the choice that suits you best, between different types of treatment.
They replace either one or more teeth and restore the aesthetics of a natural smile and normal chewing functions, without having to remove them for maintenance. There is therefore no disadvantage in terms of hygiene. There are several types of fixed dentures
Dental crowns, to replace the visible part of the tooth by covering and solidifying it.
Dental bridges, to replace several missing teeth
Onlays / inlays, which consist of a partial crown of a tooth
What is a dental crown?
The dental crown is a sort of cap that the dental surgeon places on the visible part of a broken, deformed, very damaged or malformed tooth, the root of which is preserved. It can be made of metal or a combination of metal and ceramic as in traditional crowns, or ceramic as in more modern prostheses. The crown restores the tooth to its natural shape, size and function. This prosthesis has the advantage of being fixed, and very discreet if it is ceramic.
In Europe, it takes around 270 £ / € 300 for a metal crown, 500 £ / € 530 for a ceramic-metal crown and up to 1000 £ / € 1,200 for a ceramic crown. Prosthetic treatments are particularly expensive and hardly reimbursed. The price of crowns practiced by our clinic smileydent .com vary between 130 £ / 145 € for ceramic metals and 220 £ / 245 € for Full-Ceramic Crowns. You can see the savings you can make while enjoying the same materials and quality services.
What is a dental bridge?
The bridge is made of metal or an alloy of ceramic and metal. This bridge can replace one (or more) missing tooth, relying on a solid on either side of the empty space left tooth. It is also recommended when decay has reached the root in depth or in the event of a broken tooth with fracture of the root.
In order to fix the bridge properly, it is necessary to trim the healthy teeth in order to make the dental crowns on which it rests. Quite expensive in Europe (1350 £ / € 1,500 on average)
You can consult the treatment prices of our smileydent .com clinic on our site, to compare them with the practical prices in your country or contact us directly to request a quote.
What is an inlay / onlay?
When the tooth is devitalized and / or badly damaged, there are now alternative treatments to be able to keep it instead of extracting it. These powerful options are either inlays / onlays or inlay-core (preceded by the installation of a stump). For inlays, it is the internal part of the tooth that will be reconstructed. It is a ceramic dental prosthesis that can replace the tooth to be filled. For onlay, it is the visible part of the tooth that will be replaced. Despite their cost, these treatments remain a good investment for your teeth, in particular because they are durable and offer an unparalleled aesthetic result.
What are the stages of a dental crown?
Once the tooth has been treated, your dentist will grind the tooth to remove a certain thickness that will be necessary for the installation of the crown. This operation, performed under local anesthesia, takes 5 to 10 minutes.
Then he will take an accurate impression of your teeth. It is a delicate moment which is the guarantee of a successful dental crown, because the prosthetist will work while remaining faithful to this impression. We understand that otherwise, the future crown will have trouble adapting perfectly to the prepared tooth, either it will have trouble inserting into the tooth or it will have play, which is detrimental to its holding. future. It is not recommended to return these crowns to the laboratory to be able to handle their adaptation, because it will be more DIY than dentistry.
Another imperative is that the impression of the junction of the gum and crown be as precise as possible. Your dentist may incorporate a thread impregnated with a substance to retract the gums so that the perfect measurements of this area can be transmitted to the dental laboratory.
After installation, if all these steps are followed, the crown will be placed slightly under the gum so that with the naked eye, it will be impossible to guess that it is an artificial prosthesis.
What is the lifespan of dental crowns?
The dental crown can last up to twenty years or more, if the patient is rigorous about his oral hygiene. On the other hand, if hygiene is neglected the supporting tissues of the teeth can be damaged due to the formation of tartar and inflammation around the teeth concerned. In this case, it is not the crown that will be involved but the conditions of the area surrounding it. We can thus summarize that the lifespan of a crown is the same as the lifespan of a natural tooth, since it meets the same hygienic care requirements.
What material is used for dental crowns?
The goal being to protect the tooth, several materials can be considered in the production of crowns. Each material will fulfill its role with advantages and disadvantages, related to appearance and property.
The metal dental crown : They can be in nickel chrome and titanium. In some cases, nickel can cause an allergy and cause a blackish border to appear along the gum line around the crown. This tattooed effect is irreversible and unsightly and not appreciated by patients. The only advantage of this crown is its low price, it is sometimes used in the posterior area.
The dental crown in resin : It is only used to make the provisional dental crown while waiting for the installation of the final crown because it is fragile and wears easily on the effect of chewing. It can be of service temporarily due to lack of financial means, while waiting to move on to future treatments.
The metal-ceramic crown : It is a crown with a metal base on which we will make the ceramic by successive layer so that no trace of metal will be seen. It has the advantage of being extremely solid thanks to this metal base often used in the posterior sector, because ceramic alone cannot withstand so much masticatory forces.
The Full-Ceramic crown : This crown is the best choice because no crown is so aesthetic. If the prosthetist respects the shade that the dentist has determined, a ceramic crown is impossible to detect even by a well-informed eye. In addition by its composition, it does not cause any reaction on the gum, which is often seen with a metal-ceramic crown with a loosening along the gum which is unsightly.
Its price is certainly high, but you should know that it is labor that is added to the cost. We must build this ceramic tooth layer after layer and bake it in successive stages, incorporating many pigments to respect the shade chosen by adding to the neighboring teeth.
After placing a dental crown
It is possible to have the feeling of a slight gene due to the presence of a new element in your mouth. It is also possible to feel a slight pain in the gum area. Usually, these little adjustment problems disappear within a few days. If you feel pain on the pressure, it is often the overbite. Just go see your practitioner to correct the bite perfectly with a few small adjustments.
How to maintain dental crowns?
Since they cannot be removed, they are maintained in the same way as the rest of the dentition. We repeat the basic advice for an irreproachable oral hygiene. It is important to brush your teeth vertically at least twice a day, to change your toothbrush every 3 to 6 months, to use dental floss or an interdental brush and to be descaled regularly.
How to maintain dental bridges?
The necessary hygiene is the same as that which you adopt for your teeth. The bridge should be cleaned by passing a toothbrush and / or dental floss between the teeth and the pontic. It is necessary to supplement the care with a dental jet and / or a mouthwash for daily use.