A crown is a tooth-shaped cover, made of porcelain, metal or ceramic, that can be placed over a tooth which has been recently root treated due to dental decay or a tooth which has been badly damaged or broken. It can also be used to improve appearance as well. A crown is made to look like your tooth.
The process of making a crown usually consists of two visits. During your first visit, the preparation visit, the dentist will file down the tooth and take an impression (copy) of your tooth, this is to make sure the crown will fit into your normal bite. The dentist will then place a temporary crown over your tooth until your permanent crown is ready. The impression is then sent to the dental laboratory where the crown is made. At the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit and cement in the permanent one.
Below are before and after pictures of crowns that we replaced.
A bridge is made to replace one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause a change in bite, movement of the teeth and speech impediments.
During your first visit, the dentist will prepare your teeth that are required to support the bridge and take an impression of them with a putty-like material to create a model of your teeth. Your bridge will then be sent to the dental laboratory and will be made by a dental technician based on the model of your teeth the dentist has taken. While your bridge is being made the dentist will a fit a temporary bridge for you to protect your teeth and gums from damage until your permanent bridge is ready.
During your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and the permanent bridge will be fitted and cemented.
Veneers are thin layers of material placed over the surface of teeth in order to create bright, natural looking, shapely teeth. The dentist applies veneers in a simple and comfortable procedure. Veneers are a very popular treatment option for many reasons. They can be placed on teeth that are severely discoloured, slightly crooked or poorly shaped. They can also be used to correct teeth that are chipped or worn. Patients who grind their teeth are not good candidates for veneers as the thin veneer may chip or break.