A crown is a cover that sits over the entire tooth used to protect teeth that are badly broken down or at risk of fracture due to decay, large fillings, cracks or root canal fillings. By covering the entire tooth, it will prevent the tooth and any fillings underneath from breaking in the future, greatly reducing the need for on going maintence and filling replacements. Depending on the way in which the tooth has broken down, your dentist may also recommend other variations such as onlays or partial crowns.
With new advancements in technologies, crowns can be tailored to precisely match your existing teeth. They may be made of porcelain, or a combination of porcelain and metal. However both options result in a life-like appearance.
Once we have prepared the tooth for the crown, detailed moulds of your teeth will be taken and sent to our lab to fabricate the prosthesis. While we wait for it to return, we will make you a temporary crown to ensure that the tooth has some protection and appearance is improved immediately.
Veneers are thin, tooth coloured, porcelain shells crafted to cover the front of a tooth. They are a more conservative treatment than a crown and are often used if the underlying tooth is strong and healthy.
Veneers are excellent for treating chipped, discoloured, small or slightly misaligned teeth, especially if these defects affect the front teeth. This makes them an excellent treatment option for cosmetic dental care.
Once we have taken detailed moulds of your teeth we then send it off to our lab who will make a customised veneer for each tooth: this takes about 2 weeks. While the veneer is being fabricated we will make up a temporary veneer so that you don't have to wait to improve your smile.