Veneers, Crowns and Bridges
If your teeth are badly stained, chipped or mis-aligned, veneers can correct this to give your teeth a natural and healthy appearance often with minimum tooth preparation. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth coloured material that is put onto the front of the tooth to make it look better. Veneers can improve appearance, they hide imperfections and you loose very little of your natural tooth. Dental veneers can be made in the laboratory with porcelain or can be provided instantly in the clinic with cosmetic bonded composite.
The crown of the tooth is the part that is visible in the mouth. An artificial crown is used to protect and restore a broken weakened or heavily filled tooth. They are also used to improve the appearance of discoloured or crooked teeth. Crowns are made from many different materials including metals and porcelain. Crowns are strong and can look and feel exactly like natural tooth. The colour and shape can be made to match your own teeth. Conventional crowns on the NHS are metal porcelain crowns, although functional and strong they can suffer from a life-less appearance as light tends to be absorbed by the underlying metals. All porcelain crowns do not contain any metal, their appearance can often be completely life-like and blend into natural tooth colour making them almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
A bridge is a replacement tooth attached to the neighbouring teeth on one or either side of the gap either with a bonded wing arrangement or by crowning the natural tooth. Bridges are made of porcelain or metal covered with porcelain. A bridge lets you forget that you have missing teeth. It can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak. Bridges can be coloured matched to your own teeth. Acid etch bridges can be made with minimal preparation to the natural tooth.