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Crowns, Bridges & Veneers
Giving your teeth a natural lift.
It’s true – we are often our own worst critic when it comes to our appearance and the appearance of our teeth. If we don’t have the confidence to smile, it can affect our life in a number of ways. At Angle House Specialist Dentistry, we have a range of treatments that will give you the smile you’ve wished for as well as improving the function and durability of damaged teeth.
What are veneers?
Veneers are ultrathin, high strength facings which are bonded to your teeth. They can be made from super strong ceramics or special composites and are used to improve the appearance of your teeth.
After detailed planning of your desired smile, the teeth may be gently reshaped if required and a precision replica of your teeth is constructed. The veneers are fabricated on this and then are bonded to your teeth using special, durable adhesives.
Types of veneers
There are two main types of veneers:
- Composite veneers: these veneers are made from a composite resin, a type of tooth-coloured filling material. Composite veneers are directly built up in layers on your teeth and generally require less tooth reduction. They can be repaired in future if needed.
- Porcelain veneers: these veneers are made from very thin porcelain.
Composite veneers can be made quickly and can be shaped directly on your teeth and hardened. This is a faster procedure and can be replaced as necessary. They are made of porous materials so you will need to take care of your new veneers to keep them in good condition.
This means there are pros and cons to each type of veneers but the friendly team at Angle House Specialist Dentistry can advise on the best type for you.
How do veneers work?
To fit veneers, usually we need to shave off the top layer of your teeth. This is because the veneers will later fit on as that outer layer. Once we have removed the first layer, we take impressions using our state-of-the-art 3D scanners. These scanners give us the impressions needed to custom-make your veneers. It is important veneers fit exactly to the shape and size of your teeth and mouth to achieve a natural look. Veneers do last a while if you maintain a regular dental routine, but it is a decision you need to be committed to.
Our team are more than happy to talk you through your options so if you’d like to find out more about veneers give us a call today.
The perfect cover for protecting weak and damaged teeth. Our teeth may be harder than steel but this doesn’t mean they won’t break. Although made from enamel, which is one of the hardest biological materials around, the type of enamel which makes up our teeth is very brittle. If you have weak or damaged teeth, crowns could provide the strength your teeth need.
What are crowns?
A crown (or onlay) is a cap fitted over a weak or damaged tooth. This allows you to keep your natural tooth so you won’t need to extracted it.
Crowns are custom-made to suit the size and shape of the tooth it is being placed over. To ensure we get the right fit of your crown, we will first take an impression of your teeth. Our orthodontic scanners enable us to get incredibly accurate impressions so you can be assured of a comfortable fit. Then an exact match is created in the dental laboratory, allowing the crown to be fitted securely onto the tooth.
What do crowns look like?
Dental crowns are made from either tooth-coloured materials like porcelain or composites, but sometimes gold alloy is also used. Tooth-coloured materials are becoming increasingly popular due to their natural look. This means they are less visible and don’t attract attention when you smile. Gold crowns are very durable so are sometimes recommended in cases where the biting forces are very high.
Benefits of dental crowns
Dental crowns can not only improve the condition of your teeth, they can improve the overall appearance of your smile. If you have discolored fillings, they’ll also give you the self-confidence to know that whenever you smile all your teeth will look natural. Properly fitted and matched to the colour of your teeth, crowns can be virtually unnoticeable.
If you would like to find out more about dental crowns, call our friendly team at Angle House Dental today. They will be happy to explain the process and advise on whether you could benefit from this restorative treatment.
A bridge is a replacement tooth that is supported by the adjacent teeth or implants
When supported by a tooth, the bridge is bonded in place using a special adhesive. This requires usually requires no cutting of the tooth and can last many years. Tooth supported bridges are best suited to small gaps, when just one or two teeth require replacement.
Implants can be used for a large range of scenarios, from just one missing tooth, or to replace an entire jaw of teeth. Click here to learn more about implants.
Bridge the gap between your teeth for a more beautiful smile. Ideally we would all have perfect teeth but accidents happen, teeth grow in directions we don’t want them to, and poor health or genetic conditions can weaken teeth. A dental bridge could be the best treatment to bring a smile back to your face.
Types of dental bridges
There are four types of dental bridges:
- Cantilever bridges:: these bridges work in much the same way as traditional dental bridges do, but rather than being held in place by teeth on either side of the gap, cantilever bridges only require one support.
- Adhesive bridges:: these bridges, sometimes referred to as 'Maryland bridges', use metal or porcelain structures to hold your artificial tooth in position. This makes them more noticeable but these bridges don’t require the surrounding teeth to be treated.
- Implant-supported braces:: these bridges are a more suitable option if you have more than one tooth missing as they are held in place with dental implants.
- Traditional dental bridges:: these bridges have a fake tooth which sits where your tooth is missing. This is held in place either side by dental crowns. As these types of bridges involve cutting of the adjacent teeth, they are used less nowadays.
To find out more about dental crowns, bridges and veneers, book your consultation with Angle House Specialist Dentistry today.Book a consultation