CROWNS/BRIDGES + VEENERS

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-like cap that is placed over a repaired tooth to strengthen its structure while restoring its appearance and functions. The crown is used to cover the visible part of the tooth – that lies above the gum line – as a means to correct the tooth’s shape, colour, contour and size.

When constructed from the porcelain material, a dental crown is a stable and extremely strong restoration that can be custom designed and fabricated to your unique specifications. The porcelain restoration is also known for its natural aesthetics and tooth-like properties, due to its ability to mimic the colour, shade and translucency of natural tooth enamel.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used to restore single or multiple tooth loss. Depending on the location of the missing tooth, your restorative dentist will recommend the most appropriate type that suits the condition of your teeth,
gums and mouth.

When a tooth loss condition has left a gap in your upper or lower arch, a dental bridge may help to fill the gap with a bridge-like device that holds the prosthetic tooth in position. The dental bridge relies on the natural teeth on each side of the gap for support and anchorage. A dental bridge may be cemented to your natural teeth or retained by implants as a permanent fixture.

What type of patients requires Crowns & Bridges?

Candidate for Dental Crowns

A dental crown is suitable for patients who wish to preserve the healthy parts of a natural tooth, strengthening it following repair work, to avoid extraction. Dental crowns can help to repair teeth that have been badly damaged by tooth decay, disease injury or trauma. While the tooth-like cap can help to reinforce the structural integrity of your tooth, it can also restore it back to its original size, shape or alignment.

Candidate for Dental Bridges

A dental bridge can help to replace one or more missing tooth. To be considered for the procedure, you must have sufficient remaining natural teeth that are strong enough to support the bridge.

Why choose Crowns & Bridges

A dental crown is a versatile restorative treatment that can be used to improve the appearance and function of teeth that are cracked, decayed or worn. Some of its common uses include:

  • Protecting a repaired tooth cavity that is too big for fillings;

  • Restore teeth worn down by grinding or clenching;

  • Protect tooth after root canal treatment;

  • Replace misaligned or broken tooth;

  • Restore teeth compromised by insufficient tooth structure (ie cracked or chipped)

 

A dental bridge offers a great solution for filling in the gaps left by missing teeth. Common uses and benefits include:

  • Improving your chewing efficiency by equally distributing forces in your bite;

  • Preventing adjacent tooth from shifting toward the gap vacated by missing teeth;

  • Propping up your facial features – including cheeks, jawbone and cheeks – to prevent a saggy countenance caused by missing teeth;

  • Regaining your ability to eat and speak properly; and

  • Correcting bad bites, etc.
     

Modern dental materials like porcelain and porcelain-fused metal (PFM) have made it possible for today’s Crown & Bridge restorations to be colour-matched to the shade of your natural teeth. They offer a permanent solution for repairing or replacing your teeth so that they look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.

VEENERS

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain or resin that is bonded to the front of the tooth. Quality veneers have the ability to completely transform your smile for the better. A great alternative to crowns were damage is less extensive the sheer versatility of veneers makes them a terrific solution for a variety of dental requirements.
Veneers can be applied to assist with:

  • Crooked teeth

  • Chipped teeth

  • Gaps

  • Discolouring or stains

  • Badly shaped teeth
     

Porcelain veneers

A porcelain veneer is a semi-transparent tooth shaped “shell” that is custom-made to fit over the face of each of your teeth, in a dental laboratory. Veneers are permanently bonded to your natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers are typically completed in two appointments. During the first appointment, your teeth are cleaned and prepared and an “impression” is taken that is used to make a model of your teeth. This is used by the dental laboratory to make your veneers. At the second appointment, your veneers are set in place.

Composite veneers

Your teeth can also be veneered using composite resin, which is applied to the surface of your teeth as a paste, sculpted to the required shape and then “set” using a light activation system that makes it rock hard. Composite veneers can typically be completed in one appointment.

Kevin Wong Dental will assess the condition of your teeth and apply veers accordingly. The procedure is pain free and you can eat and drink a few hours after the fitting. As with all of our procedures we stress the importance of ongoing maintenance such as correct brushing and flossing to ensure the longevity of your veneers.

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