Tandarts Jan van Galen

Crowns and bridges

We place crowns and bridges as a lasting replacement for damaged, discoloured, chipped or cracked teeth. We also correct the outer shape and position of the tooth with these dental pieces. The crowns and bridges that our specialized team makes cannot be distinguished from real teeth – they closely emulate the original shape, function and colour of your original teeth.

  • Durable replacement: they last for at least 10 years
  • The original shape, function and colour are preserved
  • They cannot be distinguished from real teeth
  • Painless restoration of your tooth

A large piece of my molar had broken off and my dentist advised me to have a crown fitted. This has solved the problem and treatment was painless.

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Dental crown

A crown is the perfect solution for a discoloured, chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged tooth. We compare a crown to a cap that fits precisely over a filed-down tooth. Our crowns are made of porcelain or a combination of porcelain and metal. We fasten the crown to the piece with glue or cement.

Dental bridge

We place a bridge when one or more teeth are missing. The bridge ‘bridges’ the empty space left by the missing tooth. A bridge consists of various pieces next to each other. We fasten the bridge to existing teeth on either side of the open space.

Placing crowns and bridges

When your tooth doesn’t provide enough support for attaching a crown or bridge, it’s important for the dentist to first create a buildup. This buildup is securely bonded with a post into the root canal. Subsequently, the crown or bridge can be attached to it. However, below you will find a general outline of how your treatment plan will look:

Step 1: Preparing your tooth

During the first consultation, your tooth is prepared. In this way we create enough space for placing the crown or bridge. Because preparing can be an unpleasant experience, we will numb the area to be treated.

Step 2: Taking a dental impression

The dentist will then take a dental impression during this first consultation. The crown or bridge will be crafted by the dental laboratory after that. We can also make a crown or bridge with a 3D picture and design using our CEREC technology.

Step 3: Occlusion assessment

The dentist uses an occlusion assessment to analyse the state of the teeth in the upper and lower jaw. This allows us to determine the height of the crown or bridge and the shape of the chewing surface and cutting edge.

Step 4: Defining the colour

Using a colour scheme, you decide in conjunction with the dentist which colour of crown or bridge is appropriate for you. If the colour turns out to be different when placing, it can still be modified by the dental technician.

Step 5: Placing the temporary crown or bridge

During this first consultation we place a temporary crown or bridge on the filed-down tooth. This is for your comfort and to protect the tooth. This temporary crown will remain in place until the tailor-made crown or bridge is ready.

Step 6: Placing the crown or bridge

bridge During the last consultation, the temporary crown or bridge is removed and the dentist places the crown or bridge in your mouth and fixes it in place. We apply quick-setting cement to the inside of the crown or bridge and then place the crown or bridge in the right place.

Crowns and bridges with CEREC technology

CEREC technology is used by the dentist to prepare a good replacement for your tooth. First, he files your tooth into the right shape. If a tooth is missing, then he will file down the teeth on either side of the empty space. In this way it will be easy to place a bridge. Once he has finished filing, your dentist scans your mouth to obtain a perfect 3D image of your teeth on the computer without taking a plaster impression.

You then discuss the situation and the treatment plan with the dentist. This technology also allows you to view the expected result immediately. In addition, the computer calculates the shape of the crown. In conjunction with the dentist you define the colour of the crown or bridge.

The dentist then places the material for the crown or bridge in a milling machine. This machine mills the piece into the right shape. The process lasts about 15 minutes. During the same consultation, as soon as the crown is ready, the dentist places it in your mouth.

A crown over an implant

If your tooth is missing or is too damaged to be useful as foundation for placing a crown or bridge, we will first place an implant. An implant can be compared to an artificial root in the form of a screw that we attach to your jaw. Afterwards we can place the crown over it. An implant is made of biocompatible material. This ensures that your body will not reject it and that the bone will grow onto the implant. After placing an implant, the process follows the same steps as described above. We cannot place a crown over an implant with CEREC technology.

Cost of crowns and bridges

The cost of placing crowns and bridges depends on:

  • The type of crown or bridge
  • The type of material that we use
  • The costs of the dental laboratory
  • The number of teeth that we must replace
  • Whether a core restoration is placed or not

The fees have been established by the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa). You will find a complete overview of the costs on our price list.

I had to have a tooth extracted due to an infection in my mouth, unfortunately. The empty space was then filled with a bridge. It looks great!

Crown and bridge material

Porcelain crowns and bridges

A porcelain crown or bridge looks natural because the material is the same colour as the tooth. We therefore use porcelain crowns and bridges in many situations. The chance of the porcelain crown or bridge breaking is lower than it used to be due to new techniques. The E-max and feldspar porcelain options are available.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and bridges

These types of crowns and bridges have a metal base. A layer of tooth-coloured porcelain is applied over the visible part for a more natural appearance.

Zirconium crowns and bridges

A zirconium crown or bridge is metal-free and has a ceramic core with a thin layer of porcelain. Zirconium crowns are very strong and adhere to the gums in a natural way. Thus there is less chance of gingivitis.

Gold crowns and bridges

You can also opt for a gold-ceramic crown. A gold alloy is used as base material here. We then apply tooth-coloured ceramic over the visible part of the gold alloy. We apply this in various layers until the right colour is obtained.

The porcelain crown on my front teeth is impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

Types of bridges

Traditional bridge

The traditional bridge is placed on either side of the empty space.

Cantilever bridge

The bridge is attached to one side of the missing tooth.

Resin-bonded bridge

We often use a resin-bonded bridge for missing front teeth and when the adjacent teeth are still undamaged. Because it is a pity to file down these teeth, we bond the bridge to the back of the adjacent teeth.

Frequently asked questions

How long does a crown or bridge last?

The types of materials we use to craft a crown or bridge are so durable that the pieces last for at least ten years. You can extend this period yourself by ensuring proper oral hygiene.

Will I have afterpain?

After we have placed a crown or a bridge, the treated area can sometimes remain sensitive. This afterpain usually disappears after about a week. Contact us if you have pain for longer than this.

How can I best maintain my crowns and bridges?

For proper maintenance of your crowns and bridges, it is important to have excellent oral hygiene. Clean the gums around the crown or bridge carefully with a soft toothbrush. Use toothpicks, interdental brushes or dental floss every day as well. Consult our dental hygienist for more advice on oral hygiene.

This is what our clients say

My crown is made of pure porcelain. At first I doubted it would resist, but the dentist guaranteed that the material was just as good as a metal-porcelain crown. And he was right. The crown is in perfect shape after 10 years.

I had a bridge placed at Tandartspraktijk Jan van Galen because I had a missing molar. The gap was nicely filled by the bridge and you really can’t see that the molar is an artificial one. I’m very happy and the bridge is fine after 8 years.

Schedule an appointment

If you would like more information on crowns and bridges or would like to schedule a consultation straight away, call 020 618 0074 and we will be pleased to schedule an appointment for you at short notice.

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