Cosmetic Dentistry

Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain permanently bonded to the surface of a tooth to improve its position, shade and shape – and, in turn, the overall aesthetics of your smile.

Veneers are a cosmetic solution to a variety of scenarios, including:
• aged veneers needing replacement
• spaces between teeth
• broken, crooked or badly chipped teeth
• permanently stained or discoloured teeth.

A porcelain crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, is permanently bonded to a particular tooth to improve aesthetics and function. A crown can be fitted over the remaining part of almost any prepared tooth and, if properly maintained, can last 10 or more years.

Crowns can be used in restorations involving:
• heavily repaired or broken teeth
• discoloured fillings
• a tooth needing protection following root canal therapy
• Do porcelain crowns contain metal?

There are two types of crown. Porcelain (or “all-ceramic”) crowns are most commonly used for front teeth, where aesthetics are a priority. Precious metal crowns fused with porcelain are sometimes used for molar teeth, which require extra strength.

How is a crown made?
The process of making a crown involves first preparing the tooth to the desired shape. An impression is taken, and from this the crown is fabricated by the laboratory. The crown is then fitted over the tooth and bonded in place using a bonding cement. The shape, size colour and surface characteristics of a crown are precisely matched to surrounding teeth. Once fitted, a porcelain crown affords a seamless and permanent restoration.

An all-ceramic bridge is sometimes used to replace a missing tooth. It involves a porcelain replacement tooth attached to one or two adjacent crowns. One disadvantage of a bridge is that it involves removal of adjacent gum tissue that is healthy. For this reason, we recommend dental implants as an alternative to bridges where appropriate. However, bridges remain a viable alternative for patients who are not candidates for dental implants, or when existing bridges are being replaced.>



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