Veneers, Crowns and Bridges
Veneers, Crowns and Bridges are all treatments which restore broken or missing teeth. If you require any restoration to your teeth your dentist will advise you which treatments are best, based on your personal requirements.
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain facings which can dramatically improve the appearance of dark or mis-shapen front teeth. After slight contouring of your teeth to make a root for the porcelain, beautiful, thin veneers which are bonded to the teeth, with spectacular and permanent results. As no metal is used, the dark line often seen around crowned teeth is avoided.
Everyone has heard of having teeth crowned or capped.
Put simply a crown he is cap or cup of reinforcing material which is placed around a tooth to strengthen it and improve its appearance. Heavily filled teeth may have a poor prognosis if the underlying tooth is very weak. Crowns provide the ideal way to both strengthen and improve the appearance of heavily filled and week teeth and can be expected to last up to 20 years in most circumstances.
In the front of the mouth crowns are usually made of all porcelain where aesthetics is extremely important or porcelain bonded to precious metal where extra strength is required.
In the back of the mouth of the where strength is paramount, crowns can be made of gold if appearance is not a concern or more normally of porcelain bonded to metal for a combination of the strength and aesthetics.
Your dentist can advise you which sort of Crown were the best in your case
Dental bridges consist of crowns attached to the teeth either side of a gap supporting a false tooth or pontic which appears indistinguishable from a normal tooth.
Dental bridges are generally used where small gaps require restoration which have teeth adjacent strong enough to hold a crown and provide a reasonable alternative to dental implants where there may be insufficient bone for a dental implant or where patients do not wish to consider dental implants.
Newer forms of bridges called adhesive or Maryland bridges involving adhesive techniques to attach the pontic to the adjacent teeth avoid the destructive drilling down of teeth either side which is a major drawback of conventional bridges.
Please discuss with your dentist if you have missing teeth which may benefit from the use of a dental bridge.
Bonding is used to cosmetically improve discoloured or chipped front teeth. Composite, white filling material called is bonded to the tooth enamel using a very strong glue.
Stunning improvements to the teeth’s appearance can be achieved in just one visit. Bonding is an inexpensive procedure which will last for up to seven years, after which it can be easily replaced or repaired.