A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain which is cemented onto the front of a tooth to improve its appearance. They can be used to mask stained, crooked or gapped teeth.
Crowns restore damaged, cracked or broken down teeth, to improve their appearance and function. Dental crowns are also commonly known as caps, as they sit over your existing tooth, covering the entire outer surface. They may also be used in conjunction with a ‘post’ when very little of the tooth remains.
They can be made from a variety of materials:
- Dentine bonded crown: a thin full coverage porcelain crown with minimal tooth substance removal. Suitable for front teeth with minimal existing restorations.
- Porcelain bonded to precious metal: a strong metal core surrounded by tooth coloured porcelain. Suitable for front and back teeth.
- Lava Crowns: an all porcelain crown which gives the optimal strength combined with a natural appearance. For cosmetic reasons, to improve the appearance of your teeth, an all porcelain crown gives the best results. Suitable for front and back teeth.
Having missing teeth can affect the way you look, chew food or affect the adjacent teeth. Dental bridges are false teeth which are anchored to adjacent teeth to replace one or more missing teeth, to help improve appearance and function.
There are two main types of bridges:
- Adhesive Bridges:Ideal for replacing a missing single front tooth. A metal wing is cemented to the back of the adjacent tooth to hold the false tooth in place. Does not require crowning the adjacent tooth.
- Conventional Bridge: The false tooth is anchored to new crowns on teeth adjacent to the space. This forms a strong bridge that can be used anywhere in the mouth. Can be made in porcelain bonded to metal or all porcelain Lava material for a more natural appearance.