Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain or composite which fit over the front of a tooth much like a false fingernail covers a nail. Dental veneers conceal damaged teeth not reparable using filler materials, as well as reduce small gaps, bring slightly crooked teeth back into line, give a natural width and length to odd-shaped teeth and cover teeth too severely discoloured for cleaning or whitening.
Veneer treatments are often used for one or more of the top, visible front teeth since they are exceedingly aesthetic.
The tooth is prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel and an impression taken. The impression together with instructions on tooth colour is sent to the dental laboratory where the dental veneer is hand-crafted. The veneer is then bonded into place by your dentist.
Composite bonding veneers are a type of dental restoration that is used to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, chipped, or discoloured. They can also be used to close gaps between teeth. The veneers are made up of a composite resin, which is a tooth-coloured material, and they are bonded to the tooth using an adhesive.
The procedure for placing composite bonding veneers is usually done in one appointment.
First, the tooth is prepared by roughening up the surface and then etching it with an acidic solution. This helps the adhesive bond to the tooth. Then, the composite resin is applied to the tooth and shaped to the desired form. Once it is in place, a light is used to harden the material. Finally, the tooth is polished and any excess material is removed.
Dental crowns are a kind of artificial tooth cap made from ceramics or porcelain and are widely used where a tooth has become too badly broken or damaged to be restored using a filling. The crown covers up the existing tooth and can be used on teeth that are small or misshapen, as well as badly discoloured teeth which can’t be improved by cleaning or whitening.
Crowns are used to cover teeth that are at risk of fracture because the tooth structure has become weakened by previous treatment such as root canal treatment.
Crowns provide a natural-looking end result and are colour matched to your neighbouring teeth. As well as improving the appearance of your tooth, a crown will make a weak tooth stronger and restore its shape, leaving you smiling with confidence knowing that the work completed will not be easily noticed.
It is possible to have your crown prepared and fitted within the same appointment using CEREC technology.
What is the treatment process?
The damaged tooth first has to be reduced in size so the dental crown can fit over the top of it.
Next, digital scans or impressions are taken, as well as a record of your tooth colour, to allow the crown to be handmade in a dental laboratory or using our CEREC machine. All our crowns are made to an exceptional standard of quality and appearance.
On completion, the crown is attached to the prepared tooth using a strong dental adhesive. The aesthetics of your smile are important, so the crown will be prepared in a shade and shape that matches your natural teeth, providing you with a strong and realistic-looking restoration.
Dental crowns are a great way to restore damaged and weak teeth, and new CEREC crowns make the process faster and more pleasant. We are so delighted to be offering this service from Richard Pollock who is an international speaker on CAD-CAM and digital dentistry.
Dental Crowns in a Single Appointment
In the past, dental treatments such as crowns and veneers would often require two appointments. The first would be to prepare and shape the teeth, and to take impressions of them.
The second appointment would be to fit the crowns after they’d been made in a dental lab – similar to how you might have an eye test one day and then wait for your glasses to be made.
CEREC crowns are different. With digital technology and a CEREC milling machine, we can make dental crowns the same day while you relax in the waiting room. Depending on the complexity of the crown, it usually takes around an hour.
Why choose CEREC crowns?
- Have dental crowns fitted in a single appointment
- You won’t need to bite into a block to create dental impressions – we use a 3D camera
- There’s no need for temporary crowns to be fitted while the final versions are made
- CEREC crowns are made from tooth-coloured porcelain. They look fantastic
- CEREC can be used for more than crowns and veneers too – bridges, Inlays and Onlays can also be created using this technique.
Fixed option to replace missing teeth (false tooth)
Missing teeth can not only lead to a lack in self-confidence but they can also cause serious oral health problems relating to chewing, and jaw and gum disease.
Where possible, bridges can be created to bridge the gap/s left by missing a tooth.
A bridge is usually made up of two or more crown caps with a false tooth in the middle, the two caps support the false tooth/teeth.
To make the bridge, an impression will be made up from the current teeth adjacent to the gap.
Once the bridge had been crafted, the dentist will fit the bridge and bond it into place.