Dental Veneers in Caboolture
Unfortunately there are times where a simple filling isn’t strong enough to save a tooth. In these situations, a crown or a veneer may be required.
A dental crown (sometimes referred to as a “cap”) is a dental restoration that sits on top of the tooth and is usually made out of a ceramic material such as porcelain, which is much stronger than normal white filling materials. Because of this increase in strength, a crown will help hold the tooth together for much longer than a filling.
A veneer is similar to a crown, but is only usually used for front teeth. They simply cover the front part of the tooth and are a cheaper and more conservative option than a full coverage crown. Veneers are ideal for treating crooked, misshapen, discoloured, chipped or “gappy” looking teeth.
Crowns and veneers look almost identical to natural teeth. This natural appearance, coupled with their long lifetime, makes for an ideal long term option for heavily filled teeth.
Crowns and/or Veneers may be needed for the following reasons:
- There is a large cavity in a tooth
- To help strengthen a heavily filled tooth
- To restore a root filled tooth
- To restore a cracked, chipped or broken tooth
- To improve the appearance of a front tooth/teeth
- To restore a dental implant
- For people who are heavy clenchers or grinders
A bridge is usually made up of porcelain crowns to replace a missing tooth. Often, the two teeth either side of the missing tooth are crowned, and these two crowns are fused to another tooth shaped crown which sits in the area where the tooth is missing (like a “suspension bridge”).
A bridge is often indicated in cases where a dental implant isn’t, or where the two teeth beside the missing tooth are heavily filled or broken. This way, for a similar price to a single implant and crown restoration (to replace the one missing tooth), the gap where the tooth is missing can be closed, AND the heavily filled teeth either side of the gap can be fixed too. This will prevent potential damage to the surrounding teeth due to heavily bite forces, and stop either side of the space from moving.