Ceramic Crowns & Bridges

Our teeth are exposed to constant biting and chewing and occasional damage from dental decay. When there is too much damage to our natural teeth, there is the risk that they may fracture and removal of the tooth may be needed.

What Are Dental Crowns And Bridges?

To salvage a decayed, broken or loose tooth, a crown is a custom-made cap made of porcelain embedded onto the top of the tooth, based on the contours of a person’s teeth and bite. 

In the event of one or more missing teeth, a dentist may recommend getting a dental bridge, which is made of a couple of interlinked crowns that are gently placed on top of the missing tooth and the healthy teeth next to it.

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Why You Might Need A Dental Crown

The most common reason Singaporeans need dental crowns is due to dental cavities or fractures that compromise the tooth so much that simpler repairs won’t do.

Aesthetics can also be part of your consideration. Crowns can replace worn and discoloured teeth, helping you create an ideal smile with better shape, alignment and colour.

Typical Scenarios Requiring Crowns

Crowns are typically used on compromised teeth to avoid even larger repairs such as extraction, implantation.

In other cases, it can be used to enhance your smile.

  • Teeth with a root canal;
  • Teeth with compromised integrity from fillings, cavities, cracks and chips
  • Replacing teeth that are not uniform with other teeth in colour, shape and alignment.

What To Expect When Fitting A Dental Crown?

When it comes to restoring a broken or infected tooth, the dentist will proceed to polish the damaged portion before scanning the mould of the tooth with an intra oral scanner.

With technology, it is possible to have the crown done on the day itself, eliminating the need for a second visit and risk of temporary crown dislodging.

Same Day Crown?

Yes, it’s possible to get a crown on the same day here at Gentle Smile Dental Studio.

We have the technology to make ceramic/porcelain crowns with high durability and natural colour in one sitting.

Are you suited for a same-day crown?

What Dental Crown Materials Do We Use?

Crowns and bridges are made of oral safe, strong, and long-lasting materials such as ceramic/porcelain or metal to naturally blend in and give you a seamless smile. 

They also help retain the integrity of your original teeth and support your facial structure so you can eat and speak normally again.

What Happens When Attaching Dental Bridges?

While a crown procedure involves capping a single tooth, a dental bridge is created in support of the adjacent teeth. 

During the first visit for a dental bridge, the dentist will examine the health of the affected tooth and the strength of the adjoining teeth. In case the health of the gums or supporting teeth is compromised, the dentist may suggest a root canal or other appropriate dental procedures so a bridge can be fixed effectively. 

As done in the crown procedure, during the dental bridge application, a local anesthetic will be administered followed by shaving down the size and shape of the affected tooth and its neighbouring teeth. A plaster-based dental impression will then be taken to create a bridge to fit the shape and texture of the atrophied teeth.

A stopgap dental bridge will be attached to the area to protect the adjoining teeth until your custom-made bridge is ready.

On your next visit, the temporary bridge will be taken out while the dental bridge prepared for your teeth will be fastened on permanently.

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Crowns and Bridges After-care

Besides mild discomfort and sensitivity, patients can usually begin using their teeth within a couple of hours after the procedure. However, it is best to avoid food and drinks that are too hot or cold for about a week after. 

With proper dental care from brushing and flossing to regular dental health checkups, your crowns and bridges should last about a decade or more. It may take you around a couple of days to a week to adapt to your crown or bridge but you can feel free to flaunt your new smile confidently.

Timelines For Dental Crowns and Bridges

Same-Day Crown

Done within a few hours.

Costs about $2,500.

Traditional Crown

Two appointments, taking a few days to a few weeks

Costs about $2,000.

Dental Bridge

About two weeks.

Cost of a dental bridge starts at $5,500.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does getting a dental crown hurt?

Dental crown placement causes minimal pain but some discomfort is common, especially from dental drilling. Post-procedure, patients might experience tenderness or soreness. Our dentists will advise the best way to manage these symptoms.

What is the difference between crown, veneer and partial crown?

Crowns cover entire tooth, restoring severely damaged teeth. Veneers adhere to front surface, primarily for cosmetic purposes. Partial crowns (inlays/onlays) cover part of chewing surface or one cusp, treating moderate decay.

How long does a dental crown last?

About 5-20 years

How long does it take to get a dental crown?

Same-day crowns: within a few hours
Traditional crown: two appointments, a few days to weeks

How long does it take to get a dental bridge?

It takes about two weeks to get a dental bridge.

How much does it cost to get a dental crown?

Getting a traditional dental crown starts at $2,000 and same-day crowns start at $2,500.

How much does it cost to get a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a more complex operation that depends on the number of teeth involved and the condition of the surrounding teeth and gums. The procedure starts at $5,500.

What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?

A dental bridge fills space caused by missing teeth, anchored by teeth or implants on either side, while a crown covers an existing tooth to restore its shape or structural integrity.

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