Crowns, Bridges & Veneers
CROWNS, BRIDGES & VENEERS
A crown is a restoration which covers the whole tooth. They are sometimes referred to as “caps”.
Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain or a combination of the two materials.
Teeth can be crowned to protect them and decrease the risk of fracture if they:
- Have large fillings
- or are root canal treated
Teeth are sometimes crowned to improve appearance, or simply to restore the shape of a tooth where a large amount has been lost due to decay or trauma.
Veneers are a thin layer of Porcelain placed on the front surface of a tooth to improve aesthetics, whether shape or colour.
Bridges are where a missing tooth / teeth is replaced by a porcelain tooth / teeth “bridging the gap”, there are 2 designs of bridge:
- Conventional Bridge, where the teeth on either side of the gap are crowned
- Resin Retained Bridge, where the false porcelain tooth is attached to the tooth/teeth beside it with a resin cement