A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’. Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. They can be made of porcelain or gold or a combination of these materials.
A dental crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance:
- you may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
- you may have had a root filling which will need a crown to protect it
- it may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
A dental bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base.
If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base.
You should replace missing teeth for a number of reasons. Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side, or teeth will drift resulting in food packing and decay.
Veneers are used to permanently lighten and straighten your teeth; they are usually used to treat crooked or slanted teeth, gaps between teeth and stained or worn teeth. Veneers are constructed using ultra-thin translucent porcelain, or tooth-coloured composite (filling material), which is shade matched to your choice and bonded to the front surface of your tooth, with or without tooth preparation.
Veneers as a treatment can rejuvenate your smile.
Many people associate professional teeth whitening with movie stars and brides – but in fact, it is the most popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry.
Stained or discoloured teeth are very common among adults of all ages, and come from a variety of sources, such as:
- Red wine
- Soft Drinks
- Some medications
How Teeth Whitening Works
Those of us with stained teeth tend to brush more vigorously; this can remove the enamel from your teeth, causing further discolouration and serious dental problems. Others use over-the-counter whitening kits, but they don’t have the prescription strength and lasting effects of a professional teeth-whitening procedure. The key to a long lasting, bright, white smile is to have them whitened by a dentist before discolouration becomes too severe.
Indepentant studies show professionally made ‘at home’ whitening treatment, such as Polanight, will obtain the best long term results.
Your teeth will be cosmetically assessed, the impressions taken and individually designed whitening trays are constructed. With this technique, you can re-use your personal trays at any time in the future to whiten your teeth again.
We look forward to answering all your questions about teeth whitening.