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Dental Crowns & Bridges

Everyone is at risk of losing a tooth. Whether as a result of periodontal disease, an accident or blow, a tooth can fall out and leave a hole in the mouth, which gives a sloppy appearance and loss of the ability to chew.

Dental crowns can replace missing teeth, either individually to cover a tooth, or attached to others to work together in what is known as a dental bridge.

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetics cemented onto a patient’s existing teeth or implants to replace damaged or missing teeth.

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A dental crown is a “cap” that is placed over an existing tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, or improve its appearance. They are also used to protect teeth that have undergone root canal therapy.

What types of crowns exist?

In general, crowns are classified based on the material with which they were made:

  • Porcelain. They are the most used crowns to restore the aesthetics of the teeth since porcelain provides the best combination of colors with a natural appearance. However, it is important to be very careful when chewing as it is a more fragile material than others.
  • Zirconium. It is a high-strength metal, capable of withstanding the daily wear and tear of chewing. They are light aesthetic crowns, reflect light like natural teeth and are biocompatible, which is why they are usually recommended for people at risk of developing adverse reactions or allergies.
  • Resin. This material is soft, so it is only used temporarily to cover missing teeth while the replacement tooth is ready.
  • Metal-porcelain. They are made with metal on the inside and porcelain on the outside to enhance their appearance. They are usually placed on molars to prevent metal from showing through the gums
  • Metal. They are crowns made of metals such as nickel, chrome, gold or palladium, which are long lasting, but have fallen into disuse.


When do you need a dental crown?

There are different reasons why a dental crown may be required. Some of the most common include:

  • To replace large fillings. Fillings are generally intended to cover small holes. If more than 50% of a tooth is damaged, a crown may be placed instead of a filling to provide adequate protection.

  • To replace missing teeth. Dental crowns are widely used over dental implants (which are artificial tooth roots) to replace missing teeth.

  • To treat broken cusps. A cusp is a hard eminence on a tooth that emerges from the surface on which the tooth bites (canines each have a single cusp, premolars have two, and molars typically have four or five cusps). In this case, a crown can be used to prevent fractures.

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  • To improve the appearance of the teeth. Crowns are a good way to cover discolored, misshapen, or cracked teeth; they are manufactured to match neighboring teeth in size, shape, and color so that the end result is both beautiful and functional.

  • To seal a tooth after root canal therapy. Since a root canal involves drilling into the tooth to access an infection, it can weaken the tooth and require a permanent dental restoration to stay healthy, such as a dental crown.

  • To restore teeth severely damaged by cavities, that are weak, broken or with a very dark color.

  • In teeth whose structure has been affected by an excess of reconstruction material and little healthy dental tissue.

  • When placing a dental implant, where the crown is fixed by a screw.

What to expect during a dental crown procedure in Tijuana?

The procedure usually involves two visits to the dentist. In the first, the tooth will be examined and an impression of the mouth will be taken with a mold to build the crown so that it adapts to the rest of the teeth both in shape and color. At this first visit, a temporary resin crown is placed to protect the tooth while the final crown is made.

In cases where the dentist considers it necessary, an X-ray of the tooth and jaw is taken to observe factors that carry the risk of damage or infection in the dental pulp.

On the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and replaced with the new one, which will remain fixed on the gum. For placement, local anesthesia is applied to numb the area and not feel discomfort during placement.

In the end, the patient will not suffer any discomfort and will be able to return to their normal activities while the anesthesia wears off.

Dental crowns in Tijuana pros and cons


  • These are a permanent solution for severely damaged teeth.
  • They are resistant and long lasting because with proper care they can last around 20 years.
  • They prevent the deterioration of other teeth due to missing teeth.
  • It does not involve treatment of the nerves or the gums.
  • They restore the function, shape and size of the original teeth.
  • Its placement is not painful.


  • In some cases, for its placement, it is necessary to cut or carve the original teeth, so that they fit correctly.
  • If it fits poorly, or becomes loose due to improper care, there may be a buildup of bacteria under the crown.
  • May increase sensitivity or reactivity to heat or cold.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic appliance used to “fill” the gap left by a missing or extracted tooth; they are supported on natural teeth or implants, which serve as anchors.

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Dental bridges – which can be made of materials such as metal, ceramic, resin, or porcelain – are designed to recover the aesthetics and the masticatory function of the patient. In addition, they provide the following benefits:

  • They are cheaper than a dental implant.

  • They are very durable.

  • They help prevent the mobility of neighboring teeth.

  • They are easy to care for and maintain.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are 3 types of dental bridges, each with different characteristics in terms of design:

  • Traditional Dental Bridges. It is the most popular type of dental bridge. They can be made up of one or more false teeth; commonly used when the patient has teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth or teeth.

  • Cantilever Dental Bridges. They are very similar to traditional dental bridges, but instead of being supported on two anchors, they are supported on just one. Typically, this type of dental bridge is used in areas where there is less pressure during chewing.

  • Maryland Dental Bridges. This type of bridge is attached to the inner surface of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Unlike others, with this one it is not necessary to carve the structure of the supporting teeth, but the patient must have healthy and strong natural teeth. Typically, a Maryland bridge is a temporary solution for those who have undergone a dental implant surgery.

Before & After Photos, Dental Crowns and Bridges

Real pictures of our patients, before and after their dental procedures:

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Cost of Dental Crowns & Bridges in Tijuana

These incredible savings will give you a good reason to smile:

Porcelain Fused-To-Metal Crown $1,200 $260 78%
Zirconia Crown $1,500 $410 73%
3-Unit Dental Bridge $3,600 $750 79%
Full Metal-Porcelain Dental Implant $3,000 $1,990 34%


Porcelain Fused-To-Metal Crown $1,200 – In USA $260 – The Dental District 78% Savings
Zirconia Crown $1,500 – In USA $410 – The Dental District 73% Savings
3-Unit Dental Bridge $3,600 – In USA $750 – The Dental District 79% Savings
Full Metal-Porcelain Dental Implant $3,000 – In USA $1,990- The Dental District 34% Savings

Our dentists and specialists have extensive experience in performing simple and complex dental treatments, helping families and patients of all ages from Mexico and the United States.


Do you want to know more about Dental Crowns & Bridges?

At The Dental District, we are ready to answer your questions.

Frequent questions

Does it hurt to put on a dental crown?

Sometimes patients feel pain after the placement of the dental crown due to the restorative procedure, but the discomfort will subside.

Can I eat after having a dental crown?

No. It takes a while for the crown bonding material to harden and allow the crown to remain intact. For this reason, you should not eat anything for a few hours after placement, and avoid chewing hard foods with the new tooth.

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns are manufactured to last between 15 to 20 years, giving them the necessary care so that they do not chip or break.

How do I care for a dental crown?

Taking care of dental crowns is very similar to keeping your teeth in good condition. It is recommended:

  • Do not open bottles or containers with your teeth.
  • Do not bite your nails
  • Do not chew ice
  • Do not bite food that is too hard, better cut it into small pieces.
  • Do not grind your teeth
  • Maintain good dental hygiene
  • Periodically go for a dental check up

How can I know if I am a candidate for this procedure?

People with cracked, broken, decayed, deeply stained, or missing teeth are candidates for dental crowns. Schedule your assessment appointment.

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