Dental crowns are used to restore and protect heavily broken down teeth. They are also often advised after a tooth has had root canal treatment. This allows you to be able to eat and chew without fear of the tooth breaking.
They cover the entire tooth to replicate the original tooth as much as possible and can also be used to change the shape of and disguise discoloured teeth. Crowns can be made from many materials including gold, ceramic and porcelain.
Your dentist will discuss and advise you on the options available and recommended to you, depending on the tooth requiring the crown.
Modern ceramics can achieve excellent strength and allow metal-free restorations that are highly aesthetic and can look completely natural.
A Veneer is a thin layer of porcelain used to cover the front of a tooth, rather than covering the whole tooth like a crown.
They are often considered when the enamel has become worn, chipped or discoloured or the teeth are misaligned.
Veneers are extremely thin but once bonded to the tooth are very strong, and can be used to create a whiter smile that looks natural and beautiful.
A bridge is used to restore a gap between teeth, and is supported by the remaining teeth. Just like with crowns, they can be made from a variety of materials. Your dentist will discuss the options suitable for you.