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Veneers, Crowns and Bridges

Dental veneers, crowns and bridges are dental prostheses that are used to improve the appearance and functionality of damaged, discoloured or misshapen teeth.

Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells usually made of porcelain or composite resin materials, due to their likeness to natural tooth enamel. These can be custom fitted to the front surface of your teeth, improve their appearance and instantly lightening up your smile.

They’re often used to cover up dental irregularities such as chipped, cracked, stained or misaligned teeth, creating a more uniform and attractive smile.

Veneers require less removal of the tooth structure compared to dental crowns.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers can last for over a decade if they are cared for properly. They can be damaged by excessive force or trauma, so it's important to avoid biting down on hard objects or using teeth as tools.

Crowns

Dental crowns, on the other hand, are caps that are placed over the whole tooth, covering damaged or weakened teeth to protect them from further damage or decay.

Crowns can be made of different materials such as porcelain, metal or a combination of both, and can be used to restore the shape, size and strength of damaged teeth.

They are a more durable solution than veneers, as they encase the entire tooth and can better withstand the pressure of biting and chewing.

Bridges

Dental bridges are prosthetic devices, which are used to replace missing teeth.

They are called bridges because they literally bridge the gap created by the missing teeth.

Dental bridges consist of two main components: the artificial teeth, also known as “pontic”, and the supporting structure.


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Consultation

Dental veneers, crowns and bridges require consultation with your dentist to determine the best approach for individual patients.

The dentist will evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums, and will discuss in detail the benefits and risks of each option.

Ultimately, the choice between veneers and crowns depends on the severity of the dental problem and the desired outcome. It is important to note that regular oral hygiene and dental visits are crucial for the long-term success and durability of dental veneers, crowns and bridges.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Veneers can last for over a decade if they are cared for properly. They can be damaged by excessive force or trauma, so it's important to avoid biting down on hard objects or using teeth as tools.

Dental crowns and bridges can last for many years if they are cared for properly. On average, they can last between 10 and 15 years. However, the lifespan of a crown/bridge depends on the material used, the location of the tooth in the mouth, and how well it is maintained with brushing and flossing and regular hygiene visits.

Yes, the dentist prepares the teeth to fit the final veneers, crown and bridges. These teeth are usually reshaped and contoured to accommodate the veneers, crowns and bridge.

Impressions: The dentist takes impressions of your teeth or records a 3D scan and sends them to a dental laboratory. The dental technician uses these impressions/ 3D scans to fabricate a custom-made prosthesis that fits your mouth precisely. Temporary prosthesis: While your permanent prosthesis is being made, the dentist places a temporary prosthesis to protect the exposed teeth and gums. Keep it clean while waiting to have the permanent prosthesis cemented. Fitting: Once your permanent prosthesis is ready, the dentist removes the temporary prosthesis and checks the fit and appearance of the new prosthesis. Adjustments may be made if necessary. Cementation: Once the prosthesis fits perfectly, the dentist cements it in place using dental cement. The cement holds the prosthesis securely to the tooth/teeth.

Cleaning around veneers, crowns, and bridges requires some special care to ensure their longevity and prevent issues like plaque buildup, gum disease, or discoloration. Here are some guidelines for cleaning these dental restorations:

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush: Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush (manual or electric toothbrush) to avoid damaging the veneers, crowns, or bridges. Hard bristles can scratch or wear down the surfaces of these restorations over time.

Brush gently: Be gentle with your brushing technique. Use small, circular motions and avoid applying excessive force. This will help prevent any damage to the restorations or surrounding gums.

Floss regularly: Flossing is crucial for cleaning between the teeth and around the dental restorations. Use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean these areas, removing any plaque or debris that might be trapped.

Water flosser or oral irrigator: Consider using a water flosser or oral irrigator to complement your flossing routine. These devices can help dislodge food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach areas.

Avoid abrasive toothpaste: Refrain from using abrasive toothpaste or teeth whitening products that could potentially scratch or damage the veneers, crowns, or bridges.

Choose non-alcoholic mouthwash (Fluoride mouthwash): If you use mouthwash, select a non-alcoholic version. Alcohol-based mouthwashes can weaken the bond between the veneers or crowns and your natural teeth over time. *Please do not use the mouthwash at the same time as brushing with toothpaste, a space of an at least hour is recommended.

Regular dental check-ups: Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings with your hygienist. They will be able to professionally clean your restorations and ensure that they are in good condition. 

Be mindful of your diet, avoid excessively hard or sticky foods that may cause damage to the restorations or put excessive pressure on them. Stop bad habits, avoid habits like biting your nails, chewing on ice, or using your teeth to open packages, as these can increase the risk of damaging your dental restorations.

Notify your dentist about any issues, if you notice any changes in the appearance or feel of your veneers, crowns, or bridges, or if you experience sensitivity or discomfort, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Remember that maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for the health of your natural teeth and dental restorations. By following these guidelines and visiting your dentist regularly, you can help ensure the longevity and appearance of your veneers, crowns, and bridges.