Crowns and Bridges
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap”; an artificial restoration that is placed over a damaged tooth to improve the appearance and restore its shape, size and strength. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshapen or severely discoloured teeth
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
How does a Crown work with a dental implant?
In some cases a dental implant may be recommended. A dental implant is a tiny titanium post inserted into the jaw that acts as a tooth root replacement. The gum is allowed to heal and then a crown is affixed to the top of the dental implant. This ensures the crown stays firmly in place, looking and feeling like a natural tooth.
How long does it take to get a crown?
Initially, we will remove decay, prepare the tooth to the ideal shape for the crown, and fit it with a temporary crown made of a plastic material. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown. Once the tooth is shaped, the dentist will take an impression (mould) of the prepared tooth, one of the opposite jaw and possibly another to mark the way you bite together.
The impressions will then be given to the dental technician, along with an appropriate shade and other information needed for the crown to be made. On your next visit we take off the temporary crown and fit the final crown, cementing it into place so you have a new, beautiful-looking tooth.
What is a crown made of?
New materials are constantly being introduced as dental technology advances. Here are some popular choices: Porcelain bonded to precious (or non-precious) metal. This is what most crowns are made from. A metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it.
These are not as strong as bonded crowns but look very natural, and are often used for front teeth.
This modern technique offers a metal-free alternative, which can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown so it’s suitable for all areas of the mouth.
Gold alloy crowns
Usually mixed with other metal alloys to increase its strength this makes a strong, durable restoration but is silver or gold in colour and therefore may be used at the back of the mouth in the molar area.
Choice of materials for a crown or bridge explained
A bridge is a fixed partial denture used to fill a gap in the mouth where several teeth are absent.
Why can’t I just have a Gap in my Mouth?
All of the teeth play a role is clear speaking, chewing and in maintaining the correct alignment of all your other teeth.The teeth next to the space ‘lean in’ to the gap and that changes the way your upper and lower jaws come together, altering your bite. This can lead to food getting packed into the gap, causing both gum disease and tooth decay. Missing teeth can lead to a sinking in of the mouth, making people look much older than they are. They should be replaced for optimum oral health.
Your options depend on how many teeth you are missing, and where they are in your mouth, as well as the condition of the remaining teeth. One option is removable false tooth/teeth, which is a partial denture. The other choice is to get a fixed bridge. This is often ideal when there are fewer teeth to replace and the gap is between teeth. Firstly, bridges are only possible if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support.
Fixed bridges are applied by placing crowns on the teeth adjacent to the space (these are called abutments). In certain cases the bridge may simply be bonded to the adjacent teeth to preserve tooth structure. Dental implants may be recommended. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments (partial dentures). Dental implants may be recommended.
How is a bridge prepared and attached?
It depends on the recommended for dental implant placement to support the bridge. After your consultation and assessment, your treatment plan options will be outlined for you. As the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
What is the Bridge made of?
Bridges can be constructed from different alloys, porcelain or tooth-coloured zirconium for a metal-free bridge. We offer advanced technology crowns for non-metal bridges here at Smile Store for people who would like a metal-free result.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth and gums clean. This is very important as the bridge needs healthy neighbouring teeth for support, so your oral hygiene is critical.
Preparing a dental crown
Crowns and Bridges Testimonials
I am really happy with the outcome of the work carried out on my teeth by Smile Store. They are friendly and extremely professional. I dreaded getting an implant done but felt nothing and the result is amazing.
I have had an implant and root canal treatment with crowns here at Smile Store. The treatment I received is ” gold standard”. Clinical excellence, up-to-date diagnostic imaging, excellent and kind patient care, speedy and immediate follow-up with any queries after treatments. Smile Store provides a cost effective, high quality service.
Extremely happy with my experience at the Smile Store. All staff are friendly and have a good sense of humour. I would always recommend the Smile Store to anyone asking about a dentist.
Excellent from start to finish. Everything about my treatment was explained fully and clearly. Appointments were to suit my workday. My dentist and dental nurse explained everything during my appointments. I have no problem in highly recommending Smile Store Cork to everyone. Thank you.
Excellent Dentistry! The whole process has been easy, efficient and professional. I have had no problems and I have never dreaded my appointments. Everything is explained very clearly and I have always been aware of what was being done. The exceptional work is amazing value and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
Excellent treatment given from day 1. I got given a plan so I knew exactly what needed to be done and what it would cost. Desislava always made me feel extremely comfortable and made the treatments as quick and painless as possible. I was never kept waiting for my appointments.
The Smile Store carried out a repair to an old filling I’d had. They also recommended a comprehensive plan to repair & replace other damaged teeth. I’ve now completed this plan and am delighted with the quality of service I have received from reception, hygienest and dentists. I would highly recommend them on both quality of service and price.
The treatment received was very efficient by all involved. Very timely / helpful and I am very happy to reach the end with much success.
Doubtful at the start, but would recommend it 100%.
Great service & professional.
My fear of the dentist after 63 years has disappeared for good
Hi, I’ve had a huge amount of work done here, everyone here were amazing, they never judged me they were just so helpful from reception to the chair, special mention for Aniko she is amazing it was important to me to feel comfortable and trust my dentist.
Aniko is a genius at what she does and the rest of the team.
Big thank you to everyone at smile store
I was given different treatment plan options to choose from, complete with explanations and prices. On an ongoing basis the treatment was explained in words and on the computer screen and questions regarding treatment were welcomed and answered. I could not fault the treatment itself & dentist and dental nurses seamed considerate & efficient, and I am pleased with the result.
Totally professional in every aspect. From the moment you walk in the door, every aspect of the Smile Store is exceptional. I started with a consultation, everything was explained to me with several options offered. After choosing the Straumann implants, everuthing went according to plan. The quotation was broken down with various payments over the time of the treatment. It cost exactly what was quoted day one, not a penny more. The visits were scheduled and on time every time. The team were amazing and the finish product – “The Smile” – PERFECT. It’s an absolute pleasure to recommend The Smile Store.
“I have been a patient of Smile Store for the past six months. I had five implants, crowns and other works done. I am very happy with the treatment I had. The staff is very nice and helpful. I would recommend Smile Store. Always there to help.”
“I have never seen so much care and professionalism in my life. After many bad experiences I’ve always been terrified of going to the dentist but from the reception with Thomas, to the room with Dr Kádár, Dr. Anikó and Maria it has been very pleasant, a word that normally is not associated with dentistry, but it is true. They are truly professionals and very gentle with a “scary cat” like me. Thanks very much to all, i am for once, looking forward to continue with the treatment with you. I already recommended to many friends.”
“Gentlemen, Once again I have to thank you for your kind and skilful work on my old mouth. I am very pleased with the work done so far, even if I do feel as if I have a cow in my mouth. I am sure soon it will feel normal, and it already looks good. Thank you for making an un-pleasant procedure enjoyable by your friendliness and care. With every good wish,”
“When I first entered the Smile Store surgery – my gut feeling which has never let me down, in the past – told me I was in the right place. The best and most up-to-date Dental Specialists you will not see anywhere. I needed extensive work to be done and it was an emergency. Dr. Bence Kadar consultation left me re-assured after a Digital Panoramic X-Ray view of my whole mouth area that he could save my smile. My next concern was price – at least 50% cheaper than our Irish equivalent. In a matter of couple weeks, and 8 porcelain fused to metal crowns later I’m back and my confidence is restored. There is nothing Dr. Bence can’t do…… check it out, you will not be disappointed!!!”
“I would be very happy to recommend Smile Store to colleagues and friends. I had general dentistry as well as several crowns done and was delighted with the results. Tamas at reception was extremely helpful and friendly and, due to the nature of the work I had carried out, I had dental work done by 3 Smilestore dentistry staff, Drs Kadar and Aniko and Maria – all showed great care, efficiency and professionalism. The initial treatment plan was very well worked out, reasonably priced with no hidden costs and completed in a relatively short period of time. Because of my excellent experience I have recently started my daughter at Smile Store for orthodontic treatment with Dr. Csurja and to date have been very pleased with this decision.”
“I recently finished treatment which was carried out over a 5 month period and included implants, a crown and some root canals. I was prompted to check out Smile Store after paying 900 euro to local practitioner for a root canal treatment, he asked me for 970 and agreed to take 900 after a little negotiation. The comparable root canal at Smile Store (yes it was at the back) cost me 365. I was also quoted over twice what I paid Smile Store for implants by local guy.
The treatment at Smile Store was carried out in a highly professional manner and I was really impressed by the transparency of the written quote/treatment plan which was fully adhered to. I generally have a policy of buying Irish but in the case of dental treatment I was forced to make an exception.”
“Where do I start? For the first time in my life, I felt self conscious about my smile and it really bothered me. I contacted Smile Store, the dental specialists, the consultation began and soon after the process which was smooth from beginning to end and I couldn’t be happier with the results. The crowns and bridging have transformed my teeth to straight and white. Its only now that I can finally love my smile and honestly say that the Smile Store and in particular their customer care and Dr. Aniko’s expertise has transformed my life. Since getting my teeth done, it has given me a new outlook on life. It has made me more outgoing and confident. Thanks Smile Store! Elaine M.”
“Over all excellent. Staff very friendly + efficient. Initial consultation very fast, detailed, professional. I was given time to make decision based on a couple of treatment plans and felt under no pressure to commit. I was very impressed with the service. My treatment was long and there were a couple of setbacks to do with fittings, etc. but these too were handled appropriately.”
“I had 3 crowns put in. The dentist Dr Bence Kadar is a very friendly, warm and calm dentist. He got me informed of all the procedures. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to get crowns at a reasonable price.”
“I would just like to say a huge huge thank you to Dr. Kadar and all the team at Smile Store for helping me to get the smile I have always wanted. I got two implants and didn’t feel a pinch from start to finish. I would highly recommend Smile Store to anyone looking for a great smile on a budget. I am travelling to Oz at the moment and I still have more work to get done when I come home but in total I will have saved €11,000 by dealing with Smile Store as opposed to an Irish Practice. Thank you Dr Kadar for your professionalism and friendliness.”
“Excellent service, very efficient, no waiting. Excellent prices & top quality work. If you have a problem, the dentist will see you out of working hours so I felt very well looked after. I would highly recommend the Smile Store.”
“I have had 3 treatments at smile store to date – one implant, one crown and a routine cleaning. I have been very happy with all and have found the service at Smile Store very professional.”
” Wanted to let you all know how delighted I am with my first completed implants. I was like a child waiting for Santa and I was not disappointed yesterday! Dr. Bence’s wonderful work as my Implantologist came to fruition. Part one was completed yesterday July 4th 2013 by Dr. Aniko and her assistant Anita.
The result is truly amazing and my crown is perfect. They are a truly excellent duo with wonderful skills. Thank you so much. I am looking forward to end of July when I return to have my final implants completed. The Smile Store clinic has been the best choice I have made for dentistry. All staff at the clinic are exceptional, caring,professional and friendly. They go the extra mile in their care of the patients. Again many thanks and look forward to my end July visit.”
“Smile Store offer an uber modern, non-judgemental dental treatment. Have had several sessions to correct years of neglect and have never once felt patronised there. I’m glad I found this practice and would highly recommend them to anyone. “
Excellent treatment, excellent care, excellent front office with Tamas & Elaine. Dr Bence, my implantologist & his assistant were truly amazing. Dr Aniko truly amazing and I just can not impress in words how my treatment was completed. Implants, crown & extraction.
Thank you all so much! I will miss my visits for now.
“I have just completed bridgework at the Smile Store. Many thanks to Dr Daniel for his kindness, reassurance & professionalism & to Dr Bence for a painless extraction. The service was excellent & efficient and no waiting around. I would highly recommend Smile Store.”
“Very impressed with the professional approach of all staff. Had my first implant surgery recently as was given every explanation and time needed to deal with the issues arising by Dr. Bence Kadar. I look forward to having all treatment completed by year end”.
“Hi I had two implants and crowns fitted during this year 2013 and found the Smile store very professional and efficient in all my dealings with Tamas and all the Staff at the clinic. I am very happy with the outcome of my treatment and have no hesitation in recommending the Smile Store to any body for all dental treatments. The Smile Store will give an excellent service at a very competitive price and local as well.”
“Hi I’ve had five implants fitted a few months ago with minimal pain and in the next few weeks I will have my crowns fitted , I would just like to thank Dr Bence and his staff for the work they have done so far and for putting my fears at rest. Would highly recommend this practice.”
“The treatment I received was excellent. The staff are friendly and helpful in all ways. […] you have everything down to a fine art.
I wish to thank sincerely the Smile Store and especially Dr Marie and Donna for their patience and dedication on my two visits
I had two teeth crowned and where I expected a lot of pain –there was none
Everything was done in a totally professional manner.
The best experience ever at the dentist.