Tooth Crowns, Bridges and Veneers
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Restoring Damaged Teeth
At Dental at Atune, our compassionate dentists provide crowns, bridges and veneers for patients in Cardiff, Newcastle and surrounds. Crowns and bridges are a solution to damaged or missing teeth. Crowns are fixed prosthetic devices, unlike removable devices like dentures. They are used to cover, or cap, a damaged tooth entirely. They can also be colour-matched in order to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth.
We provide same-day on-site crowns using CEREC technology. What used to take several appointments can now be completed in one day with one simple procedure.
At our Central Coast dental practice, we work with cutting-edge technology to create crowns on-site and we will ensure the crown is comfortable and properly fitted.
Crowns are ideal for restoring loose or fractured teeth, as well as improving the appearance of misshapen and discoloured teeth.
Benefits of Tooth Crowns
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Like the name suggests, dental bridges literally bridge the gap that’s between one or more missing teeth. They are made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. The purpose of a dental bridge is to replace missing teeth with false teeth. They are fixed in place and is a common alternative to dentures.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
When to have a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are typically required when a patient has a missing tooth/teeth and has healthy teeth on either side of the gap to support a bridge. Talk to our friendly dentists today to learn more.
Veneers are tooth-coloured shells that are made out of porcelain or composite resin. They are placed over an existing tooth in order to improve aesthetics and protect the surface of the tooth from damage.
Benefits of Veneers
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What's The Difference Between Crowns, Bridges And Veneers?
Crowns are caps that sit directly on top of damaged teeth. They’re a great option if your tooth is suffering more advanced damage or decay but doesn’t require extraction.
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of one or several false teeth and are supported by crowns on either side. Bridges tend to be the more expensive restorative choice.
Veneers change the colour, shape or size of an existing tooth. They are applied directly to the front of your teeth and are only used if tooth damage is relatively minor.
When We Use Crowns, Bridges Or Veneers
When someone comes to us with tooth damage or decay, their particular circumstances will guide the course of treatment. We’ll take time with each patient to discuss their situation and their needs and conduct an examination of their teeth before we decide whether a crown, a bridge or veneers is right for them.
If your tooth is chipped, broken, badly stained or decayed, if it has been weakened by trauma or needs extra support after a root canal procedure, or if you’re planning to have dental implants or bridges fitted, a crown can provide the support, protection and stability you need.
Bridges are most commonly used if you’ve lost one or more teeth, if your speech has been impacted by teeth loss, if you’re unable to eat certain foods, or if the teeth surrounding your gaps are at risk of moving. A bridge can help to resolve the cosmetic and functional issues caused by single or multiple tooth loss.
If your teeth are slightly broken or chipped, or are severely or unevenly discoloured, if you have gaps between your teeth or they’re small, pointed or oddly shaped, veneers can help to boost your confidence and restore the appearance of your fantastic smile.
The process of having a dental crown made and fitted is fairly straightforward.
Your dentist will first prepare your tooth by removing an outer surface layer. A mould of your tooth will then be taken and used to prepare the crown in the lab. In the meantime, you may be given a temporary crown. Finally, the permanent crown will be fixed to your tooth using adhesive or dental cement.
To begin your dental bridge treatment, your dentist will shape the teeth surrounding the gap. This allows for the bridge to be easily placed within your mouth.
Impressions will be taken of your teeth to help create the perfect bridge for you. In the meantime, you may be given a temporary bridge to prevent tooth movement. Finally, the permanent bridge will be fitted to your teeth and checked and adjusted as needed.
To apply veneers, your dentist will take approximately half a millimetre of enamel off your tooth and then make an impression from which your veneers will be made. In the meantime, you may be provided with temporary veneers to show you how they’ll look.
Your dentist will clean and polish your tooth before roughening its surface to ensure a good bond. Your veneers will be secured to your tooth using cement.
How Long Do Crowns, Bridges and Veneers Last?
Once you have dental crowns, bridges or veneers fitted, proper oral care is key to ensuring they maintain the appearance of your teeth for as long as possible.
A properly-installed dental crown that is cared for with good oral hygiene and habits can last for many years but may need to be replaced between 5-15 years after it’s been fitted.
Bridges that are well-fitted and cared for can be expected to last for a similar time.
Veneers tend to last between 7-15 years, after which you may consider a replacement. They don’t require any special care other than good oral hygiene.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Dental crowns, also known as dental caps or tooth caps, cover damaged and chipped teeth as a way to strengthen them and improve aesthetics. The dentist will make moulds of your teeth and send them away to be created. Crowns are generally made from either porcelain or composite resin.
Also known as cavities, tooth decay is an area of the tooth where the outer surface has been permanently damaged. Tooth decay creates small holes in a tooth, which usually requires a filling. Tooth decay is very common and is usually caused by not cleaning your teeth regularly, smoking, as well as eating and drinking sugary liquids and foods.
It mostly depends on the location. Front teeth, for example, can be fractured from a sports-related collision or a car accident. Teeth at the back are generally more susceptible when patients try to open food packaging/containers and bottles when they shouldn’t.
A cracked tooth exposes the dentine, which are small tubes filled with fluid that are attached to the nerve pulp. By applying pressure on a cracked tooth, you essentially make the fluid within your tooth move, which causes pressure to the nerve and triggers the pain sensation.