Crowns , Bridges or Veneers
Veneers have a natural appearance to them. Very little preparation of the teeth is needed to change the shape and colour of the teeth. They can be used with great results for some crooked or spaced teeth.
Crowns are generally used to improve and strengthen mis-shapen, broken, or discoloured teeth.
They cover the whole or part of the tooth, and are extremely strong. The crown can be made to look totally natural, handmade to the shape and colour desired by a dental technician. Great aesthetic results can be achieved using crowns.
Bridges are ‘fixed’ in the mouth. The teeth either side of a space are used to support the replacement of a tooth or teeth. The bridge is cemented securely in place and functions and feels like normal teeth, giving you more confidence when talking and eating.
Crowns and Bridges
If you have broken a tooth and your dentist has recommended a crown, this involves treatment in a 2 stage process:
Firstly, we would prepare your tooth to the right shape for a crown/bridge and take an impression of it, also recording an opposing impression so we can get your bite correct.
We would also take a shade match, or we offer you the choice to go and have a personal shade match at the laboratory we use. On this appointment, a temporary crown, usually made from composite filling material, is placed over the prepared tooth to minimise post-operative sensitivity and this also provides a more natural looking tooth until we can fit the lab made crown.
On your second appointment with us, we fit your custom-made crown, always using a private laboratory for the best possible outcome, so that your carefully crafted crown blends in with the rest of your mouth.
Crowns are a great treatment option when only a small amount of tooth tissue remains. A crown completely covers the tooth, acting like a superior casing for the tooth, giving it more structure and support.
A bridge acts in the same way but we can also hang a false tooth in the place of an already missing tooth/teeth.
There are various types of crowns and bridges, ranging in their materials, but nevertheless they are a great way to replace missing teeth, restore your smile, rebuild your confidence, and improve the function to eat and chew.
Crown and Bridge work is effective and affordable and should always be maintained like your natural teeth. We always give you the best maintenance and after care information so that you can rest assured your quality restoration will last for numerous years.
The NHS provides crown and bridge work on a Band 3 charge but if you wanted a Porcelain or natural looking crown toward the back of the mouth, this is ‘Cosmetic’ and is therefore a private charge. We have a great range of private crowns that provide superior strength and exceptional aesthetics.
Veneer treatment is a great way to boost your confidence and get back your smile! Generally, Veneers are carried out to cover up unsightly, discoloured or cracked teeth, but can also act as a way of improving the appearance of crooked teeth.
As very little drilling work is needed to prepare for a Veneer, it is a conservative option that achieves great results.
The treatment time is minimal and is a two-stage process. On the first appointment, we minimally prepare your tooth to make enough room for the veneer without altering the way you bite, and then take impressions. This then gets sent to our team of highly skilled GDC registered dental technicians where your custom-made Veneer is produced. The second stage is where we fit the veneer onto your prepared tooth.
We are able to make veneers from various materials ranging from porcelain and gold to the latest composites (e-max) that are bonded onto your teeth with a shade sensitive cement that also enables us to match the Veneered tooth to your other teeth.
As the treatment for a Veneer is minimal, it generally doesn’t hurt, but we use local anaesthesia to numb the area to avoid any potential discomfort.
Tooth Coloured Crowns
Tooth coloured crowns are restorations usually placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They cover the entire chewing surface of the tooth. These can be made from either plastic resin or porcelain.
The tooth is first prepared for the crown, this will involve removing most of the outer surface, and leaving a strong inner core. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown.
The dentist will then take a mould of the prepared tooth, one of the opposing jaw and possibly another to mark the way you bite together. Two visits are required to complete the treatment.
When there are only a few teeth to replace, or when the teeth are missing from one side of the mouth, a fixed bridge is a cost-effective solution. They are permanently installed and are best suited where the remaining teeth are strong enough, offering good bone support.
Bridges are usually made from a precious metal base with a porcelain tooth, which is bonded to the base. They can be matched to your existing tooth colour to form an almost invisible remedy.
Our investment in the latest technology means that we can also offer metal free bridges to provide an even more natural look.