Crowns and Veneers may be required to help save and strengthen a tooth when a simple white filling will not be strong enough. While more expensive than fillings, crowns, veneers and bridges last significantly longer, sometimes up to 25 years and beyond, with good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups.
A crown is also sometimes referred to as a “cap” and is a type of dental restoration that completely covers the tooth to help hold the tooth together, and provide the strongest possible restoration to prolong the lifetime of the tooth. Crowns are also used to restore dental implants.
A veneer is different from a crown as it is usually used for front teeth only, and just covers the front part of the tooth that you can see. They are a cheaper and more conservative option than a full crown and are particularly ideal for treating discoloured, misaligned, misshapen, “gappy”, chipped or partially broken front teeth.
Crowns and Veneers are made in a dental laboratory, and the procedure involves two appointments:
1) To prepare the tooth for the crown, provide the lab with a tailored mold, and the making of a temporary crown (usually up to 90 minutes)
2) To insert the permanent crown onto the tooth (usually around 20-30 minutes)
Crowns and Veneers are usually made out of porcelain, so their appearance will be matched to your natural teeth. Often, it is extremely difficult to tell the difference between a crown or veneer and the surrounding natural teeth. Gold can also be used for crowns and veneers.
Porcelain and Gold crowns are cemented to your tooth, so you cannot remove them.
Veneers can also be made directly (without a dental lab, and in a single appointment) by using Composite Resin material (“White filling” material). While this type of veneer may not last as long as a Porcelain Veneer, it is less time consuming and a cheaper alternative than Porcelain to help improve the appearance of your front teeth.
Crowns and/or Veneers may be needed for the following reasons:
- There is a large cavity in the tooth, which will not have a long lifetime if a simple white filling is placed
- To help strengthen a heavily filled tooth
- To help protect a tooth that has been root canal treated
- To restore a cracked tooth
- For cosmetic enhancement
- To restore a dental implant
- For people who are heavy clenchers or grinders
A bridge is a dental restoration made up of porcelain crowns to replace a missing tooth. Usually, the two teeth either side of the missing tooth are crowned, and these two crowns are attached to another crown which sits/“floats” just above the gumline where the tooth is missing (see the “Our Work” page for an example). Bridges can also be used to restore dental implants.
Bridges are indicated in cases where a dental implant isn’t, or where the two teeth either side of the missing tooth are heavily filled and potentially require crowns. This way, for a similar price to an implant and crown restoration, the bridge will not only replace the missing tooth, but also protect the neighbouring teeth (other alternatives to replacing missing teeth are dentures).
Bridges will not only aid in chewing, but also stop the teeth either side of the gap from moving. This will prevent further damage to surrounding teeth due to excessive bite forces, and prevent changes to your bite, which may effect your chewing.
At Beachmere Dental, we provide a 5 year standard warrantee* on our Lab Fabricated Crowns, Lab Fabricated Veneers and Lab Fabricated Bridges.
Please visit the “Our Work” tab for examples of Crown, Bridge and Resin (White Filling) Veneer work.
*Please talk to your treating dentist for Terms and Conditions