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A dental crown (cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, thus restoring it to its original shape, size, and colour. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
The tooth is gently prepared in order that the remaining tooth provides a strong base, onto which the crown is bonded. There are several types of crowns, including high strength ceramic, a combination of metal and ceramic, or a high gold alloy alone. All ceramic crowns, made of materials such as E-max, can produce near perfect aesthetic results when constructed in harmony and conjunction with our ceramist. However, we will discuss and recommend the crown that best suits your dental and aesthetic needs.
Why might I need crowns?
• To improve your smile
• To protect a tooth that has fractured
• To prevent a tooth from breaking after a root canal filling
• To protect a large filling
Dental veneers have increased in popularity and can be an option for obtaining the perfect smile. It is a thin covering that can be placed over your tooth. A veneer can be used for teeth that are:
• Broken down
• Poorly shaped/Crooked
Veneers can be made of:
Composite resin: The dentist undertakes dental bonding and bonds the composite material to your tooth. These veneers are more affordable but require maintenance.
Porcelain: These veneers are laboratory made and are longer lasting and more durable.
A bridge is a fixed non-removable restoration that is used to replace missing. Teeth adjacent to a space are prepared, and the bridge is made linking the false tooth to the crowns as one unit.
This is then bonded into place such that it functions like the original teeth. There are several different types of bridges. Once we have discussed your needs and examined you, we will discuss and recommend the best options for your particular case. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last for a number of years provided you look after them and maintain a good oral hygiene and dietary program.
Bridges can be used to:
• Fill space of missing teeth
• Maintain facial shape
• Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
• Restore chewing and speaking ability
• Restore your smile
• Upgrade from a removal partial denture to a fixed dental appliance