Crowns/Bridges/Veneers

Attractive, natural-looking teeth help us to look and feel our best. They give us the confidence day by day, in all activities from being at work to meeting our friends in the evening. For many, the loss of a single tooth can have extensive impact on their everyday lifestyle.

Your dentist will work with you to achieve your ideal smile and regain your confidence. We offer a full range of restorative dental care to meet your individual needs, whether it is to prolong the life of your own tooth with a crown or indeed to replace one or more of your teeth with bridge.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns (or caps) completely cover a heavily filled or broken tooth. They tend to be made from porcelain/ceramic and are used to prolong the life of your tooth or improve its cosmetic appearance

Why might I need crowns?

  • To improve your smile
  • To protect a tooth that has fractured
  • To prevent a tooth from breaking after a root canal filling
  • To protect a large filling

What materials can crowns be made from?

There are a wide variety of dental materials to choose from. Some crowns are made from gold whilst others are made from a gold alloy with a porcelain outer shell. All-ceramic crowns are also available and are becoming more popular.

How do you prepare and fit a dental crown?

Fitting a crown takes two visits with your dentist. At the first visit your dentist will prepare the tooth and will fit a provisional crown to protect your tooth until your next appointment. The laboratory will make a crown specifically for you, which will be fitted at your second visit. Once you are happy with the crown and how it looks, it will be cemented firmly into place.

How long do crowns last?

This depends largely on how well you look after your teeth. Dental crowns require the same level of care and attention as your natural teeth and we would expect a high quality dental crown to last 10-15 years. Our team of expert dental hygienists can help you look after your new crown by advising on an effective oral hygiene programme.

Bridges

Bridges are similar to crowns but this is when one or more crowns carries a false tooth to replace a missing tooth.

Veneers

A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of tooth-coloured ceramic material cemented onto the tooth surface. It improves the appearance of a stained or a chipped tooth or to protect a damaged or worn tooth surface.

When appropriate, you can also use porcelain veneers to improve the alignment or appearance of crooked, small or spaced teeth.

The appearance of teeth can be changed with minimal tooth preparation and the veneers can often be placed with the use of little or no local aesthetic.

Finance for dental restoration

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