Crown and Bridge Treatment
Crown and Bridge work and Veneers are all applications which provide patients with the options of bringing teeth back to their former glory, to restore form and function. The decision making in going forward with these treatments can be around achieving better quality of life by replacing missing or non-functioning teeth. These treatments can also be the key to creating a more aesthetic display of the teeth than the patient currently has. Patients can discuss with their dentist, everything from teeth groove shape, to shade and colour and relative sizing. If there is something about your teeth you think could be improved, talk to your dentist about what options are available.
A crown is used to cover a damaged tooth, preserving and improving appearance, shape and alignment. Crowns are made from porcelain or ceramic materials and are crafted to match in with the existing teeth. The crown is bonded to existing teeth to improve form and function and make the bite retain its normal position. Improving bite by building up where a tooth has become compromised ensures that existing teeth do not become overworn, thus creating a secondary problem.
A bridge is often used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It is sometimes an alternative treatment to replacing teeth with dental implants. The device is attached to adjoining teeth or implants on either side of the space being filled in. Having a bridge allows patients to preserve the normal look of the teeth, maintaining proper bite and function. Replacing missing teeth also assists in maintaining facial form and can prevent other teeth becoming over used.
A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the look of the tooth or to protect the tooth surface. The veneer is made of dental composite or porcelain materials. Veneers can give a patient the opportunity to really enhance the look of their teeth which may have become discoloured or uneven over time. The patient can discuss with their dentist how they want their smile to look, how much teeth they want showing and what is the right shade and shape for them.
Dental implants are a type of prosthesis that we use to replace missing teeth or fill in spaces in your jaw where teeth are required. They’re made of pure titanium and varying designs, each of which fuse with the surrounding jawbone and then support a “tooth” (crown or other restoration) on top.
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