Dental Crowns & Veneers
A crown, sometimes known as a cap is produced from metal, porcelain or is ceramic. They are cemented over a prepared tooth, giving it strength, support and the shape of a natural tooth.
Crowns are ideal to repair teeth that have been damaged to the point where a filling will not work, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. Other reasons for crowns are root canal treated teeth or for cosmetic reasons (smile makeovers).
Veneers are a thin layer of material (either composite or dental porcelain) over the front surface of a tooth. They can be used to improve the colour and shape of your teeth and even repair any damage such as small chips caused to your teeth.
Only a thin layer of the outer surface of your tooth has to be prepared which you will discuss with your dentist beforehand, including measuring your natural tooth colour to match to the veneer along with levelling down enamel. In some cases the tooth doesn’t require any prior preparation to the procedure.
What is the average duration that crowns/veneers last?
They last on average several years, however can be damaged and chipped just like a natural tooth if pressure is applied so do need intensive care.
Which option is best for sensitive teeth?
Veneers improve appearance of teeth due to eliminating discolouring. Crowns cover the whole visible surface where a tooth would be present and also provide strength, therefore would be the best option for sensitive teeth.
Are there any side effects to these procedures?
Due to the removal of enamel in the procedure of obtaining veneers, you may experience slight sensitivity with food and drink. However it is not recommended to carry out with this procedure if you have severe sensitivity to your teeth due to cavity, decay or other issues.