Crowns, Bridges & Veneers
Many people these days are looking to improve their smile to increase their self confidence.
Your teeth may simply need whitening and re-contouring to improve their shade and shape. Sometimes white fillings may be necessary to improve the cosmetics of the teeth.
We will always try to provide the best cosmetic results and at the same time, try our best to remove none or very little tooth tissue. Keeping as much good tooth tissue as possible is very important to us as no dental material is as good as your own healthy tooth tissue.
Porcelain crowns are used to rebuild and reconstruct heavily filled or broken teeth. Unlike veneers, they encapsulate the whole tooth. The porcelains used are the same as in veneers so not only do they enhance tooth strength but because they are pure porcelain give excellent cosmetic results.
Should ceramic veneers or crowns be necessary, we will provide you with temporary veneers and crowns whilst yours are made by the lab. We only use expert and experienced lab technicians to provide you with highly aesthetic results.
Porcelain veneers can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth. Veneers are fine facings of porcelain, hand crafted, to cover the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are expected to have an average life span of 10 years, and will resist staining and discolouration.
Dental Bridges replace missing teeth by anchoring to one or two of the neighbouring teeth. The replaced tooth is known as the pontic and the anchoring teeth are known as abutments.
There are different types of bridges:
- Conventional bridge
This involves preparing the neighbouring teeth (abutments) so that they can support the missing tooth (pontic).This type of bridge can be made in gold, ceramic, or gold/ceramic combination. This type of bridge is strong with a lifespan of around 15 years, however, preparation of the neighbouring teeth is required and good oral hygiene is needed for maintenance.
- Cantilever bridge
This type of bridge involves preparing just one neighbouring tooth (abutment) and the missing tooth (pontic) bonds to this one neighbouring tooth. This type of bridge can also be made in gold, ceramic or gold/ceramic combination. This type of bridge helps maintain tooth tissue and is easier to maintain than a conventional bridge, however, less load can be applied to this bridge and is not suitable for all situations.
- Adhesive bridge
This involves very little preparation of the inside of one or two neighbouring teeth (abutments) and the missing tooth (pontic) is then bonded using wings to the inside wall of the neighbouring teeth. The advantage of this type of bridge is that very little preparation is required to neighbouring teeth, thus preserving tooth tissue, however, the lifespan of this bridge is less than a conventional bridge and it can de-bond. This type of bridge is unsuitable for back teeth.
A consultation with your dentist will enable you to decide which type of bridge is best for you.