Cosmetic Veneers, Crowns and Bridges

Crowns:
A crown is a laboratory made cover that is fitted over the core of your tooth making it more resilient and giving it the appearance of a natural tooth. Crowns can be used to restore teeth that have broken or that have been weakened by large fillings or decay. They are commonly placed over teeth that have had root canal fillings. Crowns may also be a cosmetic treatment as they can be used to improve the appearance of discoloured or crooked teeth.
 
At Cudworth Dental Surgery we have a number of different crown options available to you which range from the original full gold crowns to the very latest cosmetic all porcelain crowns. Your dentist will discuss with you the best option based on the tooth/teeth in question and cost. 
Bridges:
Bridges are an ideal replacement for people with 1 or 2 teeth missing who do not want a denture. Bridges are usually made by preparing the teeth adjacent to the gap in a similar way to that for a crown. Following this the laboratory can construct the bridge which fits over these teeth and attaches a false tooth in the middle to replace the missing tooth.
 
It is also possible to replace teeth with bridges that do not involve the preparation of the adjacent teeth. Instead these bridges are retained by chemically bonding to the adjacent teeth. This type of bridge is less damaging to the teeth but is only suitable in certain scenarios.
 
At Cudworth Dental Surgery we offer a full range of bridgework including the very latest cosmetic all porcelain bridges. Your dentist will discuss with you the options and your suitability for the various types of bridges which are available. 
Veneers:
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite (white filing material) bonded on to the surface of a tooth to improve its appearance.  Usually it is necessary for the tooth to be reduced in thickness to make room for the veneer to be cemented onto your tooth. Veneers are used in a number of circumstances but most commonly to change the shape, shade, size or position of teeth. We also use them to close gaps between teeth.
 
Porcelain veneers are constructed in the dental laboratory and are a multi stage process whereas composite veneers can be placed directly in a single visit by your dentist. The long term success of porcelain veneers is much better as they are more durable and take up less staining but composite veneers are becoming more popular as the range of materials we use increases.