Aesthetic crowns, bridges, veneers and inlays to restore and improve your smile
Designed to cap, or crown, a broken, chipped or discoloured tooth, a crown is a manmade model of a natural tooth and is considered an extremely effective restorative dental treatment. Crowns are also attached to dental implants and are often recommended following root canal therapy, as the tooth can become brittle and prone to breaking.
The perfect solution to large gaps and multiple missing teeth, a dental bridge is a prosthetic fitting secured at each end by a crown. Even if your missing teeth are causing no discomfort, dental bridges are highly recommended for preventing potential future problems. These include bite distortion, caused by your remaining teeth shifting to fill the gap, and vulnerability to gum disease and jaw pain.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a common restorative dental procedure that replaces missing teeth in a non-surgical way. If you have one or a number of adjacent missing teeth, a dental bridge provides both an aesthetic and functional solution, using prosthetic teeth, custom-made in a dental lab, to bridge the gap. A bridge is secured in place with a crown at each end, attached to your natural teeth for strong support.
What is the difference between a dental bridge and an implant?
Both dental bridges and dental implants are options for replacing missing teeth. Whereas implants involve implant surgery, placing titanium posts that mimic your tooth roots and support permanent false teeth, a dental bridge is a prosthetic that is anchored in place by dental crowns.
To determine which tooth replacement solution is best for you, please book a consultation with one of our dentists.
Why consider a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is often recommended if you have missing teeth, and can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life and comfort. By replacing missing teeth or fixing dental gaps, you can protect yourself from increased risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and gum infection. You can fix your bite, and chew and speak with complete confidence.
Made from very thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to each tooth, veneers can be an excellent, custom-made solution to a less-than-perfect smile. Whether you need to improve a single tooth or want a full smile makeover, veneers effectively conceal a large number of dental concerns, including deep stains teeth, gaps, chips, cracks and minor misalignment. At Tickhill Dental, the cost of veneers may not be as high as you may think, so schedule a consultation today to discuss dental veneers and other restorative dentistry options that may work for you.
Are veneers right for me?
If you have healthy gums and teeth, the chances are veneers will be a quick and simple solution for you. Patients with tooth decay, gum disease and root canal infections will need to have these issues treated prior to considering veneers, and it may be that your dentist recommends alternative treatments in these cases.
How long will dental veneers last?
Veneers should last a minimum of 5 years, and if implemented well, and maintained – dental veneers can last for 20 or more years. Composite veneers generally have a shorter lifespan, but can last 10 years or more.
How are veneers attached?
The porcelain veneer procedure usually requires two or more sessions with your dentist. Firstly the tooth is prepped: this involves removing a thin layer of enamel, and taking a dental impression, which will be used to fabricate your veneers – a process that usually takes a couple of weeks. When your veneers are ready, they will be bonded and cured using a special light-sensitive resin.
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth that a filling can’t fix, but which isn’t quite severe enough to require a crown, a dental inlay is usually the ideal solution. Created in a dental lab from tooth-coloured materials, it restores the tooth to full function without compromising on looks.
Why choose a dental inlay?
A dental inlay, also known as an indirect filling, is a way to give structure back to a tooth without having to crown it.Inlays provide well-fitting, strong and long-lasting solutions to tooth decay and tooth damage. Over time, an inlay helps to strengthen the tooth.
How is a dental inlay attached?
Like crowns, inlays require the patient sit for dental impressions, which are sent to a dental technician to create a tailor-made ‘tooth’. Patients receive a temporary filling in-between dental appointments. When the inlay is ready, your dentist will permanently bond it into place.
How long do inlays last?
Typically, inlays are more durable than fillings and can last as long as 30 years.