WHAT IS A CROWN?
A crown is a fixed, protective covering that replaces the lost portion of a tooth which is weakened, heavily restored or broken. They can also be used to improve the appearance of discoloured or crooked teeth, although this can be quite destructive to the tooth. Crowns can be made of different materials such as metals or porcelain (which is tooth coloured) or a mixture of both.
They are custom-made in a dental laboratory, after careful preparation of the tooth has been done by the dentist and an impression sent to the lab. It normally takes 2 weeks for your crown to be made so during this time a temporary crown will be placed. Crowns can last 10+ years so long as they as they are well looked after and kept clean. A crown is very strong and can look and feel exactly like a natural tooth. The colour and shape can be matched to your own teeth, and a badly broken down tooth can be fully restored and functioning again with a crown.
Smile transformations using cosmetic crowns
WHAT IS A BRIDGE?
A bridge is a fixed restoration that is attached to the teeth on either side of a space in your mouth, in order to fill the space and restore function and improve the appearance of your smile. There are two common types of dental bridges:
1. Conventional Bridge
This is where the false tooth is attached to the tooth or teeth on either side of the space using a dental crown. These types of bridges are very strong but can be quite destructive to the natural tooth/teeth.
2. Adhesive Bridge
This is where the false tooth is attached to the tooth or teeth on either side of the space using a thin metal wing, which is cemented onto the back of the adjacent tooth or teeth. These types of bridges are a lot less destructive to the natural tooth/teeth but are not as strong and more likely to fall out.
Smile transformations using cosmetic bridges
WHAT IS A VENEER?
A veneer is a very thin piece of porcelain that fit over the front surfaces of your teeth. They are a popular way of improving the appearance of teeth and are custom-made to the shape, size and colour you desire. Unlike crowns, veneers require little to no preparation of the natural tooth, so are a lot less destructive.
See below an amazing transformation using a combination of cosmetic veneers, crowns and bridges.
White (composite) fillings are made of an adhesive tooth-coloured material which can blend into your natural tooth, meaning it's difficult to tell you have a filling at all! They are a much healthier and more aesthetic alternative to silver (amalgam) fillings, and are minimally invasive to the teeth meaning more of your natural tooth can be preserved.
Composite bonding is becoming an extremely popular way of restoring teeth. It involves bonding tooth coloured (composite) material to existing teeth to improve the appearance. More information coming soon!