Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers
A crown is cap or restoration which completely covers a tooth.
There are many indications for crowning a tooth, the most common one is to restore a tooth which is lacking sufficient tooth structure. If a tooth is broken down or has a very large filling, a crown is placed to protect the tooth from heavy biting forces.
Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain bonded to metal or just porcelain. Now a days advances in porcelain materials enable us to mimic the natural appearance of your teeth and hence give truly lifelike results.
A bridge is a fixed device designed to close gaps and restore the functionality and aesthetics of your missing tooth.Porcelain bridges can imitate the appearance of your existing teeth, resulting in a totally natural smile.
A bridge uses the teeth on either side of the gap to anchor onto. This will only be possible if the supporting teeth are in good health and have adequate bone support. The teeth on either side are usually prepared, then crowns are placed over the prepared teeth between which the false tooth is anchored.
A Veneer is a thin facings of porcelain used to cover the front part of a tooth.
Veneers can be used to correct aesthetic deficiencies such as worn enamel, chipped or discoloured teeth or misaligned teeth. Veneers are able to block out undesirable colours such as from a dark root-filled tooth. They can also be used to enhance your smile by improving the shape and alignment of your teeth.
In most cases we carry out a diagnostic wax-up where you can trial your veneers prior to going ahead with the definitive treatment.