We are very fortunate to work with some of the most talented technicians in the UK who help us craft lovely smiles for you. They create the most beautiful natural looking restorations for your teeth, which are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.
A crown is a tooth shaped ‘cap’ that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.
The crown, when cemented into place, fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
There are many indications for crowning a tooth. These can be due to aesthetic considerations but most are due to a lack of remaining tooth structure. If a tooth is broken down or heavily filled, the crown is placed to protect the tooth from the high biting forces we exert on our teeth whilst eating.
Not all crowns are the same and we provide gold crowns and porcelain bonded to gold/precious metal crowns for functional purposes, as well as the latest high aesthetic porcelains and ceramics that give truly lifelike results. On the right, we see two porcelain crowns on the front teeth and on the left we see a porcelain bonded to the precious metal crown on a broken down molar tooth.
The latest advances in porcelain allows light to transmit through the crown, thereby creating a restoration that is virtually undetectable from the other natural teeth in your smile. With the absence of any metalcore on the inside of the crown, there will be no more black lines that are usually seen with the older metal ceramic crowns.
The porcelain crown is actually the bigger molar tooth on the right of the picture.
Dental veneers are wafer thin pieces of porcelain designed specifically to bond onto each tooth like a false fingernail. The porcelain is secured onto the front of the tooth. In general, the function is to give your teeth a more aesthetically pleasing look. However, they also help to protect the teeth and can give structure to teeth that may have been damaged in the past.
This treatment is often used where you may have chipped teeth as well as suffering from discolouration, crowding of the teeth or if the teeth are uneven in appearance or badly worn to protect against further wear in the future.
Dental Veneers are extremely thin but once bonded to the tooth are unbelievably strong.
When we are changing the way your smile looks it is critical that you, your dentist and the technician making your porcelain/ceramic restorations has the same picture of the finished result in their heads! To take any guesswork out of this we always start with the end in mind and we will design your smile after talking at length to you about how you want to look and trying it out directly in your mouth (a ‘mock-up”) and taking loads of photographs. Once we’ve all fairly sure we are on the same page we will do a ‘wax up’ (creating the new shape of your teeth on a model in wax) and from that we can do a ‘trial smile’ so you can road test your veneers or combination of crowns, bridges and veneers before you go ahead with definitive treatment.
Inlays and onlays are essentially porcelain fillings (either part or full) bonded into place to protect the tooth from chewing forces.
The difference between an inlay, an onlay and a crown essentially is in the amount of tooth they replace.
Inlays and Onlays are custom made by our skilled ceramists to fit into or over the tooth. They are used when there is insufficient tooth structure to support a ‘normal’ directly placed filling. Inlays and onlays can also be made from composite filling material and gold for functional and economic reasons.
A bridge is restoration that replaces missing teeth. ie fills gaps in your teeth A bridge will use the teeth either side of the gap to anchor onto. It will only be possible if the teeth supporting the bridge are strong enough and if they have good bone support.
With a conventional bridge, the teeth either side of the gap are prepared, crowns are placed over the prepared teeth and these are attached to the artificial tooth (also called a pontic).
Adhesive bridges require virtually no drilling of the teeth on either side of the gap to be filled and can be made with metal or ceramic wings (brackets) glued to hold the false tooth securely in place.
They work best when the teeth next to the gap are perfect or have very small fillings in them. We have placed a lot of these and they work really well and are aesthetically very good. Much cheaper and easier than an implant, but they are not suitable for filling every gap. Please ask your dentist for further advice.
On the right, you can see we have a retained deciduous tooth instead of an adult canine. The tooth was extracted and a ceramic adhesive bridge constructed to fill the space. The lower picture shows the bridge glued in place with super strong dental adhesive. Aesthetically and functionally excellent. Minimal drilling needed.
Please go to our smile gallery for more examples of these treatments.
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