Veneers Crowns and Bridges


Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or to restore damaged or missing teeth. Crowns, also known as “caps”, are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures on dental implants. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth on either side of the empty space. Both crowns and bridges are permanent, they may not be taken in and out of the mouth. Patients who choose a crown or a bridge to restore their smile achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.

Is a crown or bridge right for me?

If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but still intact, a crown may be right for you. If your tooth is missing, but its former position is surrounded by other tooth structures, a bridge may be the solution for you.

What should I expect when I choose to have a crown or bridge?

You should expect to be scheduled for two to three appointments, depending on the case. The first appointment entails shaping the tooth in such a way that a crown will fit over it. When the desirable shape has been achieved, a final impression will be made. This impression is then sent to a dental lab here where your permanent crown will be made. Most crowns are made and returned to our office in about a week. Most of the times, at the end of your first appointment, a temporary crown will be made. You will wear this temporary crown until you return for your final appointment, when the permanent crown is permanently cemented in to place.

Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?

It is normal to experience some cold sensitivity after the tooth preparation. A quick “zing” with ice cold water, pop or ice cream is normal, and will remind you of the work you have had done.
Temporary crowns are kept in place on the tooth with temporary cement. Anything that is sticky or chewy, may pull the temporary crown off. It is advised to stay away from sticky or chewing foods and gum until the permanent crown is cemented in place.



What are veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They’re often made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth.

Veneers can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic concerns, including chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-than-average teeth.

Some people may only get one veneer in the case of a broken or chipped tooth, but many get between six to eight veneers in order to create an even, symmetrical smile. The top front eight teeth are the most commonly applied veneers.

What are the different types of veneers?

Dental veneers are most commonly made out of porcelain. Applying traditional dental veneers requires more intensive prep work compared to alternatives that are sometimes called “no-prep veneers.” These no-prep veneers — which include options like Lumineers and Vivaneeres — take less time and are less invasive to apply, but the don’t last long.Veneers aren’t the same as tooth implants or crowns. Veneers cover the front surface of the tooth. Implants, on the other hand, replace the entire tooth. Crowns also encase the entire tooth, while veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth (which is visible with a smile).

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

The biggest benefit to veneers is improving the appearance of your teeth, giving you a brighter and more even smile. Dental veneers are often used to treat the following cosmetic occurrences:

  • broken or chipped teeth (apr. ¼ of the tooth)
  • severe discoloration or uneven coloring that can’t be fixed with whitening
  • gaps in the teeth
  • smaller-than-average teeth
  • pointed or unusually shaped teeth

Veneers can last for more than a decade, depending on the type of veneer you choose, making them a semipermanent investment that can make you more confident in your smile.

How to prepare for your appointment

Before you get your veneers, you’ll have a preliminary appointment with your dentist to discuss which options are right for you and how many veneers you want to have placed. In some cases, if teeth are crooked or uneven, you may need to have braces before your dentist can place the veneers.

We will often take X-rays at this stage to evaluate your teeth’s health. They’ll look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or the need for root canals. If you have any of these conditions, you may not be a candidate for veneers.

How are veneers put on teeth?

Once your veneers are in, you can schedule an appointment to have them placed. At this appointment, we evaluate the fit, shape, and coloration of the veneers to make sure they’re perfect for you.Then, a dental cement to bind the veneer to the tooth.

How to take care of your veneers after they’re placed

Unlike other dental procedures, the recovery process doesn’t take an extended amount of time. Instead, once the veneers are cemented on and any anesthetics wear off, you can eat and chew as you normally would. While the anesthetic is wearing off, be conscious of not chewing on your cheeks or tongue.

Traditional porcelain veneers typically last between 10 and 15 years, and no-prep veneers last around 5 to 7 years. Taking certain precautions can help make sure that you get the longest lifespan out of them possible. These precautions include:

  • Don’t chew on hard objects like pens, ice, or your finger nails.
  • Never use your teeth to open packaging or condiment packages.
  • Try not to chew with your front teeth. Eat harder foods with your back teeth only; cut up hard foods like chocolate bars so that this is possible.
  • If you grind or clench your teeth at night, get a splint or retainer to protect your veneers.
  • If playing sports, you must wear a mouth guard.
















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