If you have chipped, cracked, filled or slightly teeth and want to improve their function and appearance without complex treatments, then crowns or veneers may be right or you. At The Dental Surgery Burnham in Burnham, we offer both treatments and we are happy to help you decide which one is the best for you.
As time goes by, our teeth weaken and become more vulnerable to tooth decay, cavities and discolouration. If your dentist observes a chipped, cracked, loose or decayed tooth during your dental-check up, they may recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns are versatile because they can even cover teeth that had a root canal or replace large fillings to prevent you losing a tooth.
To prepare a tooth for a crown, your dentist will remove a layer of the enamel to ensure that the crown fits comfortably on top. They will then cement the crown onto the remaining surface with a special adhesive. Your bite will be adjusted accordingly.
Crowns are discreet because they are tooth-coloured to blend in with your natural teeth. They are very durable. If you take good care of them they will last about 10 to 15 years. Crowns do not require special maintenance, but you have to take care of them as you would for the rest of your teeth in order to avoid infection and gum disease.
Veneers are thin porcelain leaves, which are bonded to the surface of a natural tooth to mask imperfections in the enamel or improve the position and appearance of your teeth. Veneers are minimally invasive since they require much less preparation of the natural tooth tissue, thus helping preserve most of your enamel.
At your first appointment, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth in order to send them to the laboratory that will fabricate your veneers. Each veneer is custom-made to match the shape and the tooth colour of the patient, for more natural results. During your second appointment, your dentist will permanently place the veneers onto your natural teeth. If you take good care of them, veneers can last indefinitely. They are also more resistant to stains and chipping because porcelain is stronger than your natural enamel.