Dental crowns are a type of restoration used to fit over a weakened tooth to improve its strength or appearance. They may be used after root canal treatment or on teeth that have very large cavities, and can be made from a number of different materials including metal and porcelain.
Veneers are cosmetic restorations used to improve the aesthetic appearance of the front teeth. They are thin shells of porcelain that are fitted over the front surfaces of the teeth to cover minor problems with spacing, alignment, discolouration and tooth length, as well as small chips and cracks. A single veneer can cover a permanently discoloured tooth when teeth whitening is not an option, whilst a full set (sometimes called a smile makeover) and improve the overall appearance of your smile.
Both crowns and veneers are designed to last for a long time. However, in some cases you will need or want to have your crowns or veneers replaced, which is why we offer a crown and veneer replacement service at The Dental Surgery Burnham. Your old restorations may have become damaged, or you may have had an old metal crown that you would like replaced with a tooth-coloured alternative. Whatever the reason, if you want to replace your old veneers or crowns, please come in for a consultation at our Burnham dental practice.
Here’s how it works. . .
Your dentist will remove your old veneers and will measure you up for new ones, by taking impressions of your teeth. A temporary veneer may be fitted whilst your new set is being made. The dentist will closely match your veneers to the natural colour of your teeth, so they will look beautiful and realistic.
Veneers require minimal preparation of your teeth, so the structure of each tooth will remain intact. Once your new veneers are ready you will be called back to our Burnham practice to have them fitted. Your dentist will check that you are entirely happy with the fit, feel, and appearance of your veneers before they are attached to your teeth with a strong dental bonding agent, giving you a beautiful, restored smile.
If you have an old, worn crown, a metal crown that you don’t like the look of, or large metal fillings, a replacement crown could be the best solution. Your dentist will remove your old crown or filling and will check for any additional tooth decay, before taking impressions of your tooth for your new crown to be made. If you chose a tooth-coloured crown, it will be closely matched to the natural shade of your teeth. A temporary filling will be placed between appointments, and when your new crown is ready, your dentist will carefully fit it, giving your tooth renewed strength as well as improving its appearance.