If you have had a tooth largely repaired with fillings, or if it has undergone root canal treatment, your dentist may advise you to have a crown placed on it to strengthen it and reduce the risk of fracture. A crown is a cap that goes over the part of the tooth that sticks out above the gums. A bridge is made when you are missing one or more teeth. The bridge can be seen as several crowns attached to each other. The bridge is then fixed to the teeth next to the missing teeth. How the bridge is made is explained in the following steps:

Step 1
The dentist will first grind the tooth to make room for the crown. Then the dentist will take an impression of the grinded tooth and the opposite jaw. Next, the dentist will work with you to determine the colour for the final crown or bridge and finally, the dentist will place a temporary denture on your tooth.

Step 2
You will return after about 2 weeks. The dentist will remove the temporary denture and place the permanent crown or bridge after it has been fitted and approved.

In which cases is it recommended to make a crown or bridge?
- When a tooth has already been extensively repaired with fillings.
- After a tooth has undergone root canal treatment.
- When you are missing a tooth and would like to replace it.
- When you want to correct the shape or position of your teeth.
- If you have lost a lot of tooth tissue through wear and tear
- When you have severe discolouration of your teeth, for example because your enamel is not properly formed.

My dentist has advised me to get a crown on my tooth, is this really necessary?
Usually, the dentist will recommend this for the above cases. It is important to note here that long-term scientific studies have clearly shown that the life of an extensively repaired tooth can be extended in many cases by placing a crown or bridge on it.

How can I best clean my crown or bridge?
As with your other teeth, it is important to take good care of the teeth on which a crown or bridge has been placed. This means that in addition to brushing twice a day, you should also clean the space between the teeth once a day with, for example, toothpicks, floss or small brushes. The dentist or dental hygienist can discuss with you what is most practical in your case.

What material is a crown or bridge made of?
There are various materials from which a crown or bridge can be made. These include gold, metal porcelain, zirconium porcelain or all porcelain. The different materials each have their own advantages and disadvantages. The dentist can discuss these with you and make a choice.

How long does such a crown or bridge last?
Scientific research has shown that a crown or bridge can last an average of 10 years. However, it is important that the crown or bridge is properly maintained.

What are the costs for a crown or bridge?
It is important to first mention that the costs are split into a part dental technician costs and a part dental costs. This is because in the case of a crown or bridge, there is a collaboration between the dentist and the dental technician. Furthermore, it is good to know that the rates for the dental costs have been determined by the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZA). However, the dental technique costs are free and therefore also depend on the dental technician with whom your dentist cooperates. Below you will find the codes which can be charged and an indication of the dental technique costs.


Description Code Number of Costs
X-ray X10 1 15.06 euros
Conduction and/or infiltration anaesthesia A10 1 13.45 euros
Plastic construction R31 1 53.79 euros
Crown R24 1 236.66 euros
Dental technology costs* R24* 1 260 euros
Total*** EUR 578.96


Bridge 3-piece

Description Code Number of Costs
X-ray X10 1 15.06 euros
Conduction and/or infiltration anaesthesia A10 1 13.45 euros
Plastic construction R31 2 EUR 107.58
Crown R24 2 473.32 euros
Bridge intermediate section R40 1 161.36 euros
Dental technology costs* R24* 1 780.00 euro
Total*** EUR 1551.77

* The costs for the dental work depend on the dental lab used. Please note: these can therefore deviate!
** The total price depends on several factors. Please note: this is only an indication! A tailor-made budget will be discussed with you before the treatment.

*** The above prices are based on the rates from the year 2019. The most recent rates can be found on our website on the 'rates and invoice' page.


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