Veneers and Crowns
Crowns are used where there has been significant loss of tooth tissue due, for example, to decay or when you already have a crown. Crowns are available in a wide range of materials.
Crowns can be made of all ceramic, metal or a combination of metal and ceramic. The materials available now can combine the best aspects to produce strength without compromising on the appearance. Many systems are available and we will choose the one that meets your clinical and aesthetic needs the most.
Veneers are thin layers of ceramic that are bonded to the surface of teeth. They have the advantage that less tooth preparation is required than for a crown. Again many systems are available and the best one for you will be used. As with crowns, veneers are generally indicated when the tooth has some pre-existing loss of tooth tissue, for example due to decay or trauma.
What is the difference between a crown and a veneer?
Veneers largely cover the outer visible surface of your tooth whereas a crown covers the whole tooth. Crowns are useful where a lot of tooth has been lost to decay. Your dentist would advise you which is the most suitable.
How can crowns and veneers be used to change my smile?
In general crowns and veneers are required where there has already been existing loss of tooth tissue due to decay or trauma. Where the tooth has not been damaged in this way there are generally better alternatives to crowns and veneers such as bonding and whitening. These techniques do not involve any preparation of teeth. Crowns and veneers can be made to look very natural and lifelike by making their edges translucent and matching the anatomy colour and texture of your own teeth if required.
What different types of crowns and veneers are there?
There are many different types of crown and veneer systems to choose from. Each will have certain advantages in a given situation. By offering a wide range of options we can match the best solution for each patient. NHS crowns and veneers take 2 visits over 3 weeks and are manufactured by traditional methods. Private crowns and veneers can be made and fitted in one appointment using CEREC CAD CAM system. We can offer all the latest all ceramic systems.
It is important that you have a full consultation with an experienced dentist prior to having any crown or veneer work carried out. This is to ensure you have received ethical advice and have been made aware of the pros and cons of each procedure. It is also important that you are aware of all the options available to improve the appearance of your teeth. There may be more simple, less invasive options which can still offer excellent results.