Crowns and Bridges
In many instances there is simply insufficient tooth substance to allow the direct placement of fillings or veneers to disguise cracked and discoloured teeth. Crowning of such a tooth maybe the only viable option, to allow function and maintain premier aesthetics. Crowns can hold together portions of a fractured tooth, support dental bridges to fill gaps created by missing teeth and provide longevity to heavily restored teeth. Some people refer to dental crowns as caps. Dental crowns are similar in shape to dental veneers except that crowns cover all the surfaces of a tooth whereas veneers only cover the visible outside surface of the tooth.
Before the procedure
When teeth are missing and there are teeth on either side of the space - a bridge is the ideal way to replace the missing teeth. When there has been the loss of a tooth or teeth and there is a tooth on either side of the open space, replacement teeth can be attached to two crowns constructed for the 2 teeth on either side of the open space. This is called a bridge because it bridges the open space.
A fixed bridge is used to replace one or several teeth. The teeth on each end of the space is used to as anchors (abutments). Bridges are not removable by the patient. As with other types of crowns (caps), a bridge can be made of metal or porcelain, or a combination of these two.
Before the procedure
Inlays and Onlays
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are specially crafted dental restorations that are used to address major tooth decay and severe tooth damage. It may be easiest to think of them as larger dental fillings, since that is basically the role that they play.
Best Candidates for Inlays and Onlays
The best candidates for inlays and onlays are people who have experienced major tooth decay or damage that is too severe to address with a traditional filling and yet not severe enough to necessitate a dental crown. Inlays and onlays will involve less removal of tooth structure than a dental crown, making them a more ideal dental care option.
Alternatives to Inlays and Onlays
For aesthetic chips and cracks on the teeth, inlays and onlays may not be the best option. You may want to consider Porcelain veneers. In addition, if you have severe tooth decay that is too much for inlays and onlays, dental crowns are a better option to consider
Porcelain veneers are very thin and are bonded on the front of your anterior teeth. These veneers are very strong once bonded to your teeth and have a “life like” appearance with the strength, beauty, and durability only porcelain restorations can afford. Veneers have several advantages over crowns. There is no “dark line” that is sometimes seen with older front caps. They transmit light better and, therefore, have a more translucent appearance giving a natural, aesthetic look.
After a thorough discussion with us to establish just what you wish to accomplish and establish what can or cannot be done, your first appointment usually involves some minor contouring of the front teeth and taking an impression of the teeth. The veneers are tried in, and, if satisfactory, they are bonded in place. A follow up visit is made in a week. The results are instant and spectacular. Often we combine bleaching with porcelain veneers to make that perfect smile. If some front teeth are already badly broken down, we can place new all porcelain crowns combined with other cosmetic techniques. As always, talk to us about your specific desires. Usually, we can give you that smile you have always wanted.
Porcelain laminate veneers are probably the most aesthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. They require a minimal amount of tooth reduction and are, therefore, a more conservative restoration than a crown. Porcelain veneers allow us to alter tooth position, shape, size and color. They are not the only alternative for all esthetic abnormalities but are truly a remarkable restoration when they are the treatment of choice.
Everyone loves to see a bright and beautiful smile. Smile design is a highly technical process requiring a great deal of skill, expertise and experience to achieve a natural looking beautiful smile. The technique requires precision measurements based upon the shape of the mouth, gum-lines, both lips and the natural shape of the teeth etc.
Here at Stephen House Dental Practice, our Dentists have extensive experience in designing the smile you desire.
You have an important event coming up and you want your smile to be its brightest. Or maybe you have a wedding engagement. Whatever the reason, tooth bleaching isn’t just for the film stars, and it isn’t just for one day. Many people have had their teeth bleached, and probably millions more are thinking about it. The desire for a brighter smile with whiter teeth is very strong - tooth bleaching safely lightens the color of the teeth and may last for many years providing you look after them. The most effective and safest method of tooth bleaching is dentist-supervised.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost everyone. However, there are some cases where the treatment may not be effective. Our dentists may determine candidates for the process trough oral examination and diagnosis. The tooth -lightening system is ideal for patients who have healthy teeth, and would like to have a whiter, brighter smile.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment. These symptoms always disappear within few days after interruption or completion of the treatment.