Crowns, Bridges and Veneers
Sometimes, the best way to prevent breakage of a weak tooth is to put a crown, usually made of porcelain. If your tooth is badly decayed, we recommend removing the tooth for a bridge or implant. Bridge is a very cost effective procedure that prevents shifting of the adjacent teeth. On the other hand, implant may be a better choice for those who do not want to remove a healthy adjacent tooth, or wear removable denture. Look no further, go to the Sun Dentistry dentists, located in Burnaby!
What is a Dental Crown ?
A dental crown is a tooth that repairs the tooth's workability, strength and shape. It attaches on the viewable side of you tooth or implant. When the crown is placed only a Dentist or Specialist can remove it. By having good oral self care, the crown can last for up to 15 years.
Crowns are often used after root canal treatment. The crown safeguards and protects the tooth from further damages.
Other uses for Crowns
Cover a dental implant
Hold a dental bridge or other prosthetic device in place
Fix the imperfection of discolouration of teeth
A full metal crown is mostly used for strength and ability. A full metal crown would be approved for the molars (back teeth) . It is recommended because that is where most of the biting and chewing are used. A full metal crown is ideal because of its strength and it hardly chips or breaks.
Another type of crown is Porcelain Fused to a Metal Crown. Porcelain fused to metal has advantages: it can match to your natural tooth colour and it has the same working ability of a metal crown.
What is a Bridge?
Bridges take the place of a missing teeth and are supported by a healthy natural tooth. A crown is made for the tooth, the new tooth is placed and it fills the empty space. To have a bridge the missing tooth has to have a healthy tooth next to the tooth. The healthy tooth has to have strength so it can be a anchor for the bridge.
What is a Dental Veneer?
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their colour, shape, size, or length.
How are Veneers Made?
They are often made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain. Generally, porcelain veneers take at least 2 dental visits to apply and composite resin veneers can be done in 1 visit. Porcelain veneers generally last longer than composite resin veneers.