Crown / Bridgework & Veneers
These are known as fixed prostheses as they are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and are not removable.
Crowns are used to cover a damaged tooth to protect what’s left of the tooth as well as improving appearance and shape. They can be made from porcelain or gold and are advised in situations, for example, to protect a tooth that will not hold a large filling long-term, or a tooth that is discoloured or poorly shaped. They are also used to cover a dental implant replacing a missing tooth.
A Bridge may be advised to replace a missing tooth or teeth .The are held in place by a tooth or teeth beside the gap or by an implant. There are different types of bridgework and designs and that would be discussed in detail with you as to which options best suit your needs.
Gaps left by missing teeth cause the surrounding teeth to drift which can affect the patient’s bite leading to jaw joint issues (known as temporomandibular disorders or TMJ pain)
Veneers are facings placed on front teeth to improve appearance. They are made of porcelain or Composite filling material. They are often done in conjunction with whitening or orthodontic treatment.
How long do these treatments last?
Their longevity very much depends on a number of factors, namely maintaining good oral hygiene and having regular check-ups with hygiene treatment. If the patient has a habit of grinding or clenching their teeth they may need to wear a night-guard. With veneers, patients are advised to avoid habits like biting nails or pens for example.