Everyone loves an amazing smile! And that’s where crowns and a smile-makeover can help!
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped, custom-made ‘cap’ that is placed over a tooth, either for protection or cosmetic enhancement. Dental crowns are used to restore the shape, size or strength of the tooth, as well as improving it’s overall appearance.
A crown is placed for a number of reasons:
- To replace a large filling when there isn’t enough natural tooth remaining
- To protect a weak tooth from fracturing (possibly from decay or severely worn down tooth)
- To restore a fractured or cracked tooth
- To help re-shape teeth or cover discoloured teeth
- To protect a tooth following root canal treatment
- To attach a bridge in place
- To protect and cover a dental implant
Materials for crowns and bridges
The material selected is determined by aesthetic demands, strength requirements, material durability and restorative space available.
The four main choices of restorative materials for crowns are:
- Resin Crowns
- All-ceramic (all-porcelain): Emax, Zirconia
A Dental bridge are a series of 2-3 crowns bonded together, and used to replace one or more missing teeth and bridge the gap between two natural teeth. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges.
In dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage.
There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite material and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth. Both materials are carefully crafted so that they look and feel natural, and bonded over your existing tooth to enhance your smile!