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Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers

If you have a damaged or decayed tooth there are many things to consider . What do you want the tooth to look like when it is restored to health ? Do you want to be able to chew and grind your food ? Do you want minimal damage to the tooth? Some clinical evaluation and discussion about pros and cons will  help you choose the best solution.

Crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth. If suitable , I can make crowns and inlays and fit them on the same day using my new CAD-CAM technology.

Veneers are a less invasive alternative, but may only be a solution for those with slight tooth damage or discoloration. These thin porcelain or resin shells come in customizable colors and are bonded to the surface of your teeth.

 

 

Crowns

A crown, is acustom-fitted "hat" which fits over the core of your natural tooth. I would recommend this procedure for those who have an intact tooth without root rot. The tooth may be damaged or decayed on the surface but it is essentially a sound tooth.

 


Procedure for a Laboratory Made Crown:

 

  1. We will shape  the tooth that is to be crowned into a shorter core . The core is shorter and thinner than the surrounding teeth giving space to  allow a new tooth structure to  be glued on top to reproduce the shape, size, texture and colour of a real tooth.  

  2. An impression will be taken of your bite for crown fabrication. I may take photos at this stage to assist the laboratory technician to customise the surface texture and colour of the new tooth.

  3. We will fit you with a temporary crown until the lab makes your permanent one

  4. You will come in again for permanent crown fitting

Procedure for a CEREC ( Same day crown)

1. If it appropriate, I will take a photograph using the CEREC camera which will help us to reproduce the same shape of tooth to a very fine degree. this is particularly useful if a tooth has previously functioned as a tooth supporting a denture. The tooth is shaped to form a solid core of tooth. 

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Bridges

To replace a missing tooth that has neighboring teeth with decay and/or large fillings, or a tooth that has been missing for a long time (i.e., with gum recession around the area), we recommend bridges as opposed to dental implants.


Types of Bridges:

  • Traditional  Caps are bonded over teeth that lie on either side of the missing one
  • Cantilever  Cap is bonded over a single tooth next to the missing one
  • Resin-bonded  Porcelain or plastic teeth with gums that are supported by metal “wings”

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Veneers

If you’re looking to cosmetically correct or enhance the appearance of one or more teeth, we suggest veneers. They are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that you can customize in color and shape. They are non-invasive and are resistant to future stains.


Common uses for veneers:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Misshapen or irregular teeth
  • Teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments

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