Dental techniques explained
At Dental Surgery Burnham, we offer a wide range of restorative and cosmetic procedures so you can have a healthy and beautiful smile. When you have a consultation with us, we can recommend the procedures that are most likely to offer you the aesthetic and functional qualities that you want. Once we talk you through your options, you can make an informed decision about your treatment process. Below we explore two of these treatments: crowns and veneers in Burnham.
You can think of veneers as similar to false nails. They are pristine covers that are placed over the tops of the teeth to improve their appearance. You might have a single veneer to hide an issue with one tooth or you could have a full set so that you can show off a uniform smile.
Getting veneers is a relatively simple process. Your first step would be to visit Dental Surgery Burnham for a consultation and planning appointment where we check how many veneers you need and take measurements so that they can be custom-made for you. To do this, we take about half a millimetre from the surface of the teeth that are going to support the veneers. This helps with the fit and creates a better surface for adhesion. At your fitting appointment, your veneers are bonded to the teeth using a dental cement.
Crowns are typically used for larger areas that require repair, unusual shapes or for anywhere that isn’t the front of the tooth. They are tooth-shaped covers that fit over the top of an existing tooth to strengthen it, repair a chip or other damage, or to restore a decayed area that is too large for a filling. Most people get veneers for cosmetic reasons whereas crowns often have a health-based purpose as well.
The procedure for fitting a crown varies depending on what it is being used for. When you have a crown installed at Dental Surgery Burnham, we can talk you through the process so that you know what to expect. A crown might be part of a larger tooth restoration plan such as adding dental implants or getting the mouth ready for new dentures.