Tag: Dental restoration

Tag: Dental restoration

Dental bridge

Dental bridge in Poland

If you have missing teeth, your dentist can close or bridge the gaps in your smile with a dental bridge. This treatment is widely available in Poland and much cheaper than in the UK.

  1. What is a dental bridge?

    A bridge is a fixed dental restoration (a fixed dental prosthesis) used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth definitively to adjacent teeth or dental implants. It will literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

    Dental bridge

  2. What types of bridges are there?

    There are four main types of bridges, traditional (or conventional), cantilever, Maryland & implant-supported.

  3. What is a traditional bridge?

    A traditional bridge is the most popular type of dental bridge and can be used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth. If you have a natural tooth on each side of the gap caused by the missing tooth or teeth, then a cantilever or Maryland bridge may be used.

  4. What is an Implant-supported dental bridge?

    Implant-supported bridges use dental implants instead of crowns or frameworks. Typically, one implant is surgically placed for every missing tooth, and these implants hold the bridge in position.

  5. Why do I need a dental bridge?

    When you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, a bridge can benefit you in many ways e.g., it can restore your smile, correct your speech, help you to chew properly & maintain the shape of your face.

  6. How Long do Dental Bridges Last?

    With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years. Poor oral hygiene could reduce this to between 2 and 5 years.

  7. How much do dental bridges cost in Poland?

    A traditional bridge in Poland will cost around £320 on average. In the UK, the typical price is around £700.

Dental treatment in Poland

If you are considering coming to Poland for dental treatment, please read our article – How to use this website?

 


Dental crown

Crowns, Inlays & Onlays

If you are having dental treatment in Poland, you’ll probably going to hear your dentist talk about a crown or dental cap. But what is a dental crown, how does it work & what will it cost? These are all questions we will deal with in this article.

  1. What is a dental crown?

    A crown, sometimes known as dental cap, is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant.

    Dental crown

  2. Why is a dental crown needed?

    Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. While inarguably beneficial to dental health, the procedure and materials can be relatively expensive.

  3. How are dental crowns made?

    The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. The crown can then be inserted at a subsequent dental appointment. Using this indirect method of tooth restoration allows use of strong restorative materials requiring time-consuming fabrication methods requiring intense heat, such as casting metal or firing porcelain which would not be possible to complete inside the mouth.

    Dental crown

  4. What are the reasons why I need a dental crown?

    There are many reasons:
    Replace existing crowns which have failed
    Restore the form, function and appearance of badly broken down, worn or fractured teeth, where other simpler forms of restorations are unsuitable or have been found to fail clinically.
    Improve the aesthetics of unsightly teeth which cannot be managed by simpler cosmetic and restorative procedures.
    Maintain the structural stability and reduce the risk of fractures of extensively restored teeth including those which have been endodontically treated.
    Restore the visible portion of a single dental implant

  5. What are dental crowns made from?

    Crowns are either made from metal, ceramic or a mix of both. As the name suggests, full metal crowns are entirely cast in a metal alloy. There are a multitude of alloys available and the selection of a particular alloy over another depends on several factors including cost, handling, physical properties & biocompatibility. Dental ceramics or porcelains are used primarily for their aesthetic properties compared to metal restorations. These materials are generally quite brittle and prone to fracture.

  6. How much do dental crowns cost in Poland?

    A crown or onlay in Poland will cost from £300 on average compared to £795 in the UK.

  7. What is an inlay or onlay?

    Inlays and onlays are used in molars or premolars, when the tooth has experienced too much damage to support a basic filling, but not so much damage that a crown is necessary. The key comparison between them is the amount and part of the tooth that they cover. An inlay will incorporate the pits and fissures of a tooth, mainly encompassing the chewing surface between the cusps. An onlay will involve one or more cusps being covered. If all cusps and the entire surface of the tooth is covered this is, then known as a crown.

  8. How many treatments are required for a dental crown?

    Usually, two treatments are required because crowns are usually manufactured in a laboratory; however, it is possible to have this treatment in just one visit to the dentist using CAD-CAM.

  9. What is CAD-CAM?

    CAD-CAM (aka Computer Aided Design-Computer Aided Manufacture) is a fabrication method which aids the production of dental restorations e.g., crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays. It is possible for these indirect restorations to be provided in one visit.

Dental treatment in Poland

If you are considering coming to Poland for dental treatment, please read our article – How to use this website?

 


Dental restoration

Dental fillings in Poland

A dental restoration or dental filling is a treatment to restore the function, integrity, and morphology of missing tooth structure resulting from caries or external trauma as well as to the replacement of such structure supported by dental implants. This treatment is widely available in Poland.

Direct & Indirect

They are of two broad types; direct and indirect and these are further classified by location and size. A root canal filling, for example, is a restorative technique used to fill the space where the dental pulp normally resides.

Dental restoration

Tooth preparation

Restoring a tooth to good form and function requires two steps:

  1. preparing the tooth for placement of restorative material or materials
  2. placement of these materials

The process of preparation usually involves cutting the tooth with a rotary dental hand piece and dental burrs or a dental laser. This is to make space for the planned restorative materials and to remove any dental decay or portions of the tooth that are structurally unsound. If permanent restoration cannot be carried out immediately after tooth preparation, temporary restoration may be performed.

In preparing a tooth for a restoration, a number of considerations will determine the type and extent of the preparation. The most important factor to consider is decay. For the most part, the extent of the decay will define the extent of the preparation, and in turn, the subsequent method and appropriate materials for restoration.

Direct restorations

This technique involves placing a soft or malleable filling into the prepared tooth and building up the tooth. The material is then set hard, and the tooth is restored. The advantage of direct restorations is that they usually set quickly and can be placed in a single procedure. The dentist has a variety of different filling options to choose from. A decision is usually made based on the location and severity of the associated cavity. Since the material is required to set while in contact with the tooth, limited energy (heat) is passed to the tooth from the setting process.

Indirect restorations

In this technique the restoration is fabricated outside of the mouth using the dental impressions of the prepared tooth. Common indirect restorations include inlays and onlays, crowns, bridges, and veneers. Usually, a dental technician fabricates the indirect restoration from records the dentist has provided. The finished restoration is usually bonded permanently with a dental cement. It is often done in two separate visits to the dentist. Common indirect restorations are done using gold or ceramics.

While the indirect restoration is being prepared, a provisory/temporary restoration is sometimes used to cover the prepared tooth to help maintain the surrounding dental tissues.

Removable dental prostheses (mainly dentures) are sometimes considered a form of indirect dental restoration, as they are made to replace missing teeth.

Restoration using dental implants

Dental implants are anchors placed in bone, usually made from titanium or titanium alloy. They can support dental restorations which replace missing teeth. Some restorative applications include supporting crowns, bridges, or dental prostheses.

FAQs about Dental Restorations

What is Restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the study of diagnosis of and management of diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures. It includes the rehabilitation of the dentition to the functional and aesthetic requirements of the patient e.g., replacing of missing or damaged teeth. Fillings, crowns, bridges and implants are common restorative solutions. The aim is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.

How much do fillings cost in Poland?

White fillings cost around £50 with high aesthetic fillings costing from £140. This is much cheaper than the UK (50-70%).