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What To Expect From Bridges and Crowns

Dental Bridges

The greatest thing we can offer our patients, in addition to world-class dental expertise, is peace of mind and understanding. Knowing what tools we use, what the procedure(s) will feel like, or if and how much pain is involved can be an interesting lesson for a lot of patients. Yet, one out of every six patients regularly suffers from odontophobia, or fear of the dentist, so know that you’re not alone! For some of our patients who deal more acutely with fear and anxiety when it comes to the process of installing bridges or crowns, allow us to illuminate your understanding and provide some direct answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. You can find more in-depth information on our Services page.


What’s a crown?

It’s a ceramic/porcelain cap that goes on top of an existing tooth. It’s most often used for protection or reinforcement.

What’s a bridge?

It’s a ceramic/porcelain tooth that fills (or bridges) the gap between teeth. It’s most often used to replace missing teeth. Usually, bridges are secured in place by one or more crowns.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

Typically, 10-15 years.

How long is this process?

Two visits are required, sometimes three if there is a lot of work to be done. On the first visit, we examine your teeth, discuss the best option, and make a mold of the area. On the second visit, we clean the area and install the crowns and/or bridges. A third visit may be required to make adjustments. 

How expensive is it? 

Some crowns and bridges are small and simple, and can cost between $1,500 and $5,000. Compared to dental implants, which require oral surgery and cost between $5,000 and $15,000, they are much less expensive.

Is it painful?

Pain is different for everyone. Sometimes, the most painful part can be the inconvenience or irritation of the temporary dental bridges that can be installed on your first visit. Otherwise, we will often apply a local anesthetic for the permanent installation, and the pinch of the needle is usually what patients say is the worst part. As always, we encourage you to come talk to us so we can better understand how to make the experience of bridges and crowns as painless and free of stress and anxiety as possible.

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