Dental crown (or cap)
We can provide a number of options to get your teeth looking as good as new. If you have a heavily filled or fractured tooth you may need a crown. A dental crown will protect the tooth and cosmeticlly improve its appearance.
There are 3 types of dental crowns:
Porcelain Crown: matches the shade and shape of the tooth more than any other type of crown, virtually undetectable. It is not as strong as Porcelain Fused to Metal. It is ideal for front teeth.
Metal Crown: less tooth structure needs to be removed; adjacent tooth wear is kept to a minimum. The main disadvantage is the color of the metal.
Porcelain Fused to Metal (PMF) Crowns: are stronger than Porcelain crowns and it matches the shade of the adjacent teeth. It is ideal for back teeth and can also be used for front teeth.
You and your dentist will decide which type is appropriate depending upon the strength requirements and esthetic concerns of the tooth involved.
Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth, and then the tooth is reshaped to accommodate the crown. A highly accurate impression or mould is made of the prepared surface, and then a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. This mould is used to create a model of the tooth, which is then sent to a special laboratory that will create a crown. The crown is then cemented onto the prepared surface of the tooth.
A veneer is used to close spaces, and alter the shape or size of your tooth they are thin layers of porcelain that are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth which allows your dentist to alter the tooth to create a great smile. Veneers are used to fix , spaces between teeth, rough or jagged edges, crooked teeth or warn teeth, darkened teeth due to root canal treatment, tetracycling stains or unsightly stained or washed out fillings.
Your dentist prepares the teeth for the porcelain veneers by removing 0.5mm to 1mm of tooth outer enamel. The dentist makes a mould of the teeth and then sends it to the dental laboratory. Once the veneers have returned from the lab the dentist applies the veneers to the teeth using a bonding material.