Crowns can be used to restore teeth that are heavily filled, discoloured, broken or crooked. Most crowns are made of porcelain which enables a very close colour match to existing teeth allowing them to have a natural look. Crowns are also long lasting as they protect the tooth once restored.
Having a crown requires some preparation of the underlying tooth. On your first appointment the tooth will be shaped ready for the crown and whilst this is being made at the dental laboratory, a temporary one will be fitted. On your second appointment the crown will be fitted and you can then enjoy the results.
Bridges are constructed to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The benefits of a bridge is that it prevents you from having a denture, but only if the surrounding teeth are sound enough to support the bridge. Like the crowns, the bridge is made out of dental porcelain so that it is tooth coloured and will be matched to your personal shade. The procedure for making a bridge is very similar to having a preparation for a crown. The finished product will be a tooth or teeth, which will be attached to neighbouring teeth providing a natural look.
Porcelain veneers are thin laminates of porcelain which fit over your existing teeth, rather like a finger nail. Porcelain veneers are laboratory made. Veneers provide a wafer thin covering to hide discolouration on teeth, chipped teeth and close unsightly gaps. They usually involve very minimal tooth reduction and are incredibly strong and durable. They have a very natural appearance. With regular examinations and good oral hygiene measures, veneers generally last around 10 years or more.