Crowns & Veneers
Two of the most common dental procedures are crowns and veneers and both enhance and repair your existing teeth.
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining parts of a damaged tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. It is sometimes known as a cap. Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or include a large filling.
The main difference between the two is that veneers only cover the front of the tooth – the part that people see when you smile – whereas a crown encases the tooth.
Although both procedures will improve the appearance of your teeth, veneers may not be appropriate where the tooth has greater damage. Veneers can be a suitable option where your teeth are discoloured or have other irregularities while a crown will be necessary where a tooth has broken down or lacks strength.
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Minimally Invasive Veneers
The simplest way to describe a veneer is that they are like false fingernails for teeth!
This procedure is relatively straightforward and requires less preparation of the natural tooth than a crown.
A wafer-thin material is applied to the front surface of the tooth, disguising imperfections including colouring, staining, and crooked, gapped or protruding teeth.
As this requires less removal of the natural tooth, we always prefer it when veneers can be used instead of crowns.
This is a tooth-coloured plastic resin which can be used to repair chipped, gapped or discoloured teeth.
Composite bonding is an inexpensive and minimally invasive solution which involves the shaping and moulding of the resin onto an otherwise healthy tooth.
This method of tooth repair has been used in dentistry for more than 30 years and has been improved through modern techniques and materials.
Importantly, this process helps maintain the healthy tooth tissue and is quick, painless and reversible – all while perfectly matching the look of your natural teeth.
Crowns can be made from gold, porcelain or a combination of both, and more recently ceramic. Ceramic crowns are carefully crafted to look more natural and blend in with the rest of your teeth and can eliminate dark metallic lines around the gums. We can advise you which type of crown would be best for your particular problem.
A crown could be used for a number of other reasons:
- You may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
- You may have had a root filling that will need a crown to protect and strengthen it
- It may help hold a removable bridge or denture firmly in place