A crown is a hard-wearing cap that fits over the natural tooth. It gives a weak tooth strength without impairing aesthetics.
Advantages of crowns:
- Very similar in appearance to your own, natural, tooth.
- Restores the strength to a weakened tooth.
- Prevents further damage.
Crowns are a very useful treatment for restoring a tooth that has been root treated and to restore a weakened tooth where a filling is no longer providing optimum results.
Bridges are a lot like crowns. They work in the same way and give a similar appearance. The difference between the two is that in bridges, the crowns are joined together in two or more units.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth and are an alternative to dentures and implants.
Like crowns, bridges are very strong and, aesthetically, very pleasing.
What you can Expect
Both crowns and bridges are fitted over the course of two appointments.
At the first appointment, we prepare for the crown or bridge. The natural tooth is trimmed back and impressions are made for the dental laboratory, this allows the crown or bridge to be constructed in the correct shape and size for your mouth.
A shade is chosen to ensure a good colour match with your natural teeth. We then cement temporary crowns and bridges in place which provide support until your next appointment, when your permanent crown or bridge will be ready. We may take photographs which are sent to the lab to help in constructing your finished crown or bridge.
At the second appointment, we remove the temporary fixtures and the permanent crown or bridge is fitted. Once you are happy with the appearance, the permanent crown or bridge is then cemented in place.
Veneers fit over the front of your tooth to improve their appearance. They can make your teeth appear whiter, smoother, and more uniform in shape and size. In this way, they are much like false nails.
Veneers can be suitable for:
- Worn teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Teeth that are out of alignment (this is often corrected by braces too)
- Gaps between the teeth
- Stained teeth
- Crooked teeth
There are two types of veneers:
Resin veneers are also known as dental bonding or composite bonding (see adhesive dentistry).
Resin veneers are very economical and, usually, require no tooth preparation at all. If this is the case, this can mean that you will not need a local anesthetic, although this is not true of all cases.
Porcelain veneers, are, as the name suggests, constructed from porcelain. They are specially made in the laboratory to give an excellent aesthetic result. In many cases, a little natural tooth structure is removed in order to make room for the veneer.
If you have teeth which are crooked or out of alignment, braces are an excellent solution to align the teeth and improve your smile while allowing your natural teeth to shine through. Visit our braces page for more information.