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Crowns, Bridges & Veneers

What is a Crown?

A Crown is a tooth shaped and coloured porcelain capping that is custom made for your mouth.  The porcelain is fused to metal in order to supply extra durability and mimic the sturdiness of a natural tooth. The most common reason for needing a crown is when a tooth has had Root Canal Therapy. However there are a number of other reasons we may suggest a crown, such as protecting a large filling or tooth from fracturing, to cover an implant or simply attaching a bridge.

What is a Bridge?

A bridge is often recommended if you have one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause discomfort whilst eating and can result in embarrassment due to difficulty in undertaking normal lifestyle activities. Missing teeth will often cause other surrounding teeth to move or rotate into the empty spaces causing an uncomfortable or traumatic bite. Having missing teeth can ultimately result in jaw or TMJ discomfort or even Periodontitis.

What is a Veneer? 
Dental Veneers are custom made covers made from either porcelain or composite designed to cover the front of your teeth. Veneers are mostly cosmetic and can change the colour, shape, size or length of your natural teeth.

Both materials used to make veneers are matched to your existing teeth colour, however porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains and can last longer. Porcelain better mimics our natural teeth, whereas composite veneers require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement.

The best option for your mouth and your needs can be discussed with our highly qualified dentists at your next visit.

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