We offer a range of treatments depending on your dentition to restore your smile to the way it should be. These include rebuilding and changing the colour and shape of your teeth with crowns and veneers, or replacing missing teeth with bridges and implants.
A crown is a restoration that is placed over a tooth and is held in place by a high strength dental cement. They are usually made of high strength porcelain, which in some cases may be supported by a metal substructure.
Crowns are used for different reasons including
- as a protective cover for badly decayed teeth and fractured teeth
- as a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings and root canal fillings
- to correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing, irregular shape or severe discolouration.
- improve the appearance of your teeth.
A bridge is used to replace missing teeth, by using adjacent teeth to retain the false porcelain tooth. The bridge is made by skilled technicians to be as lifelike and functional as possible and is bonded to the adjacent teeth either by crowning them, or in certain cases with a resin cement.
A veneer is a thin layer of either porcelain or composite and are used to improve the appearance of the teeth. They work by bonding to the front surface of the tooth. Porcelain veneers are longer lasting, stronger and more resistant to staining than composite alternatives, but are more expensive. We will give you options on either case if your teeth are suitable for them.
Implants are an alternative option to replace missing teeth. They work by inserting a titanium implant into the bone, and fixing a porcelain tooth to that implant. At Clane Dental, we liaise with local specialists for the placement of implants, before we complete the restoration. We can discuss your options and assess your suitability during your examination and explain the processes involved.
How long do these options last and how do I care for them?
Crowns and veneers are made of inert materials that do not deteriorate over time. However, the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease. The most vulnerable portion of the prosthesis is the margin or the junction between tooth and crown along the gum line.
Implants, while not susceptible to decay, can still be affected by gum disease.
Daily brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral health as well as keeping the prosthesis trouble-free.