A dental veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front surface of teeth to improve the appearance, shape and colour of teeth. Porcelain veneers are routinely used by dentists as a way to enhance aesthetics for teeth that are discoloured, worn, chipped, or misaligned.
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Porcelain Veneers, Crowns and Bridges
What are some of the advantages of porcelain veneers over other types of cosmetic dental bonding procedures?
Since porcelain veneers are glass-like (ceramic) they have a great advantage over other cosmetic bonding techniques by virtue of the fact that they are translucent.
When a porcelain veneer is bonded onto a tooth's surface it will closely mimic the light handling characteristics of dental enamel. A significant advantage of placing porcelain veneers as opposed to cosmetic dental bonding is that a porcelain veneer's surface is ceramic, and therefore highly stain resistant.
A dental crown, commonly called a "cap", is a restoration that encases the tooth in order to strengthen a decayed tooth, repair a broken tooth, or improve the cosmetic appearance. A dental crown is a procedure done very often in our surgeries for a variety of reasons.
A dental crown may be the best option for a tooth that has had such significant decay that a filling may not be an adequate means to strengthen the tooth. A dental crown is also a good choice for a tooth that has chipped or broken and must be restored. Finally, with the advent of cosmetic dentistry, one or more dental crowns may be placed over your teeth in order to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of your smile.
Types of dental crowns:
Porcelain fused to metal: These crowns are the less expensive type and can be colour matched to blend in with your natural teeth. However, over time, increased wear to opposing teeth can occur with repeated biting compared with metal or resin crowns.
The crown's porcelain portion can also chip or fracture. Next to all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns most closely resemble natural teeth. However, sometimes the metal underlying the crown's porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at gum level and even more so if your gums have receded.
Zirconia: This new material has many benefits. It creates restorations which have increased durability, increased aesthetics and because the crowns are cut by laser, they are more precise and more likely to produce an accurate fit.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth or teeth is placed in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from metals, porcelain or a combination of these materials and zirconia.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Restore your smile
Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
Maintain the shape of your face
Distribute the forces in your bite properly by
replacing missing teeth
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Less expensive than dental implants
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