The crown is the top part of the tooth that is visible to us. A dental crown treatment is a manmade replacement for the natural tooth that sits over it like a protective cap.
For the crown to be able to sit over the tooth, the outer surface of the tooth is carefully removed to create a post.
If the length of the post cannot be made long enough, it is possible for a small metal pin to be inserted to create the necessary strength the new crown requires to successfully protect the tooth.
A bridge is a series of crowns (usually three or four) that are joined together to replace missing teeth.
It is necessary for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth to be prepared down for the crown to be inserted over the top of them for anchorage.
Like a single crown, it involves carefully removing the outer surface of the tooth to create a post.
A veneer is an artificial cover that can be placed over the front surface of the teeth. Veneers are used to improve aesthetics or to protect teeth. Poor aesthetics can include discolouration of the tooth, wear and chipping from grinding or trauma.
Some people want to merely change the colour of the teeth in a permanent manner without having to whiten their teeth. This is a wonderful way of creating a wonderful brilliant smile.
Before any veneers are placed, it is important for patients to be happy with the colour of their teeth as once inserted, the ceramic cannot whitened. We recommend all patients thinking about having veneers to consider teeth whitening first to help decide the correct shade of their new smile.
Contact the team at (08) 9316 0555 to request a consultation to find out if veneers are right for you.