Crowns and bridges
A crown is a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that have been broken or weakened by decay, or have been root treated. They restore the appearance as well as the strength of a broken down tooth.
Crowns were traditionally made from cast gold but modern materials include all-porcelain crowns which can closely mimic a natural tooth and eliminate the dark line often seen around old crowns.
Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth. Bridges are simply crowns which are linked to false teeth to replace missing teeth.
Are your teeth stained, chipped, or not aligned on top of each other? Veneers are a good treatment option to consider because they look like natural teeth and don’t require a major procedure. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps when braces are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
They are often made from porcelain. However, the most up to date techniques use a composite material and involve no preparation of the underlying tooth. This ultraconservative approach can give incredibly realistic results without damaging the natural teeth in any way.