A crown, or a ʻcapʼ as it is often called, is a restorative treatment to strengthen, repair and improve the appearance of an existing tooth. Their hardwearing and cosmetic properties mean they will remain strong and stable for many years if cared for properly.
There are a number of reasons a crown could be used, which include repairing teeth that have been broken or have been weakened by decay or a large filling, improving the appearance of a tooth that may have a discoloured filling, protecting a tooth after a root filling or to help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
New materials for crowns are continually being introduced but some of the most popular are porcelain, ceramic and gold. We only the highest standard of equipment and rare materials imported from the USA, Sweden and Luxumbourg, ensuring there are no compromises on any element of the treatment you receive. We can help you decide on the best material choices during an initial consultation.
If you are being fitted with a crown, your dentist will prepare your teeth to the ideal shape, which involves removing a layer of the outer surface of the tooth. An impression of the tooth will then be sent to a specialist laboratory where the crown will be expertly manufactured to fit the size and colour of your existing teeth. A temporary crown will be fitted in the meantime so to avoid being without a tooth.
On your final visit, the crown will be precisely fitted over the top of the tooth and held in place with a specialist dental cement.
Veneers can help you achieve a natural looking smile by improving the shape, colour and position of your teeth.
A thin porcelain cover is placed over the whole of the front of the tooth, closing gaps, bringing teeth into line with others and concealing discolouration.
We will carefully match the veneer in size, shape and colour so that it blends in beautifully with the rest of your teeth for a natural looking smile.
We are proud to be able to offer our patients the most modern and innovative veneer techniques available today which require very minimal preparation, meaning the whole process is very comfortable for the patient.
Like traditional veneers, our “no-prep” alternatives are adhesively bonded to the front surface of the teeth.
However, some cases will not require any preparation at all to the tooth, eliminating any risk of damage from grinding, cutting or filing. Certain cases may just require minimal work, removing the shiny, outer enamel surface of the tooth to ensure the veneer can be bonded properly.
If missing teeth are affecting your confidence, self esteem and the way you eat food then a dental bridge could offer the solution.
Dental bridges, which are made from porcelain and precious metal, can be used to fill gaps caused by missing teeth, which can lead to problems such as a bad bite, gum disease and temporomandibular disorders.
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth surrounding the gap which serve as anchors for the bridge.
In order for a bridge to be fitted properly, these teeth are reduced in size. An impression is then made to provide a precise mould for the new bridge, which will also be matched to the colour of your existing teeth, so it blends in perfectly.
A temporary bridge will be fitted while the new bridge is being made.
Once your new bridge has been fitted it should last for many years without any problems, however, it is vital that you take good care of it, including daily cleaning, to prevent problems such as gum disease.
Whiter, brighter teeth is the easiest way to transform your smile and these days is now more accessible than ever.