Dental Crowns & Veneers
Want to improve your smile with something that lasts?
Crowns and veneers are tried and tested treatment that not only protect weak teeth, repair broken teeth but also improve the appearance of teeth so they have a more natural colour, shape and appearance.
What Is a Dental Crown
A dental crown is a custom-made cap that is placed over a weak, broken or damaged tooth. By covering the tooth, crowns give the tooth a new lease of life by holding the tooth together help to prevent risk of fracture and wear in your tooth. Crowns restore the tooth back to its ideal size and shape. Traditionally crowns have been made of gold but with recent advances in technology, tooth coloured ceramic crowns are most commonly used. Tooth coloured ceramic crowns provide cosmetic benefits as they can be used to fix discoloured, crooked, or even unevenly gapped teeth.
What Is a Dental Veneer?
A dental veneer is a custom-made thin layered cap that is attached to the surface of your natural tooth. Dental veneers can be used to give you the smile of your dreams by improving the colour, shape, or size of your natural tooth. They are a conservative treatment option that requires minimal adjustment to your tooth to achieve an aesthetic yet durable result. Veneers come in two varieties which are ceramic or composite veneers. There are pros and cons for both materials. Our dentists at Northcote dental will discuss these options with you in detail so you can decide what is best for your teeth.
Some Frequently Asked Questions on Crowns & Veneers
Crowns/veneers are long lasting treatment that should last around 10 years on average. However, it not uncommon to see them last even up to 20 years when looked after well. Their lifespan is affected by different factors including what type of food you eat, your oral hygiene habits at home, how your teeth fit together, and whether you grind or clenching your jaws. To get the longest lifespan of your crown/veneer, it is important to take good care of your teeth by good oral hygiene habits at home, as well as routine dental checkups and cleans.
Getting a crown or veneer takes two dental appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will numb your tooth with local anesthesia so the process is painless and comfortable. The dentist will then prepare your tooth by removing any decay, or weakened areas on your tooth and make sure there is enough space for a crown/veneer. A mould of your tooth will be taken so that this can be sent to a technician to construct your crown/veneer. A temporary crown/veneer will be fitted over your tooth so it is sealed while we wait 2 weeks for the permanent crown/veneer to be made. This appointment takes about 1-1.5 hours. The final appointment is approximately 2 weeks after the first appointment. At this appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown/veneer, clean the tooth and cement the permanent crown/veneer. Once this is done you have a brand-new tooth to use!