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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Severely Worn Teeth

09/15/2009

Question:

Hello. I have severely worn teeth. On the Glidewell Laboratories web site I’ve seen a dental product called “transition crowns and bridges.” Would this be a good option? Do they prepare your teeth then cement these over your teeth? Thank you

Answer:

The "transition crowns" advertised are plastic crowns that can be done supposedly less expensively than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

Yes, the teeth are prepared and the plastic crowns are cemented. The problem is that even the best plastic crowns will likely not last more than a year. So the "transition" is to get moderately priced crowns initially and then still need full price crowns in the not-too-distant future.

This scenario would make the total cost of treatment much higher than just doing the definitive crowns initially.

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Response by:

Ed A McGlumphy, DDS, MS Ed A McGlumphy, DDS, MS
Professor of Restorative/Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University