Cosmetic dentistry can fix a variety of dental issues and help you become confident in your smile once again.
Bellevue Hill Dental can offer you a range of cosmetic dental treatments. These including:
What is a crown?
A crown is a prosthetic covering which is fixed to either existing teeth, or if necessary, an implant which is embedded into the gum. A crown is made to look and feel like a real tooth. Crowns are generally made with a material which feels like a normal tooth, such as porcelain, ceramic, or even gold. A dental crown is the preferred option over dentures when only one tooth needs capping. The average lifespan of a crown can be 7-15 years, but well-fitted crowns that are looked after can last a lifetime.
Why you may need a crown
Crowns may be a solution for you if you have damaged your teeth through:
- Trauma, caused by an accident
- Tooth decay
- Large fillings beyond repair
- Age-related wear and tear
- Severe tooth discolouration
What it involves?
Having a dental crown fitted is a very custom procedure. First, we will take an x-ray to examine the teeth and jaw. After filing down the tooth under anaesthetic as required (or removing the tooth if it’s severely damaged), a mould is taken.
The mould enables the dentist to create the right size and shape of the crown to match your other teeth. Your dentist will colour match as well.
While you wait for your custom made crown, a temporary crown will be fitted to protect the tooth, or implant. This will be fitted for your comfort while you wait for the permanent one. Once your permanent crown is settled in and secure, you can treat it just like any other tooth.
What is a bridge?
A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth with similar materials and processes that are used in crowns. An artificial tooth is anchored by adjacent teeth to fill a gap or space left by missing teeth. Bridges are less common these days, due to the advent of dental implants [link to implants page]. However, they are still a preferred treatment option in some situations, particularly where there is more than one tooth missing.
The average lifespan of a dental bridge can be 7-15 years, but well fitted and taken care of bridges can last a lifetime. The key to your dental bridge lasting as long as possible is good dental hygiene and regular check-ups with your dentist.
Why you may need a bridge
If you have gaps of more than one missing tooth, the remaining teeth move and slot into the missing gaps. This can cause pain, disease and an uncomfortable bite. A bridge can help to fill these gaps and keep the original teeth in place.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers can be used to improve your smile, creating a natural, beautiful appearance. They are most commonly made of a porcelain-like material.
Why you may need veneers
You may need veneers if your teeth are:
- Irregular in size or shape or they have spots or blemishes
- Stained or discoloured
- Chipped or cracked from trauma caused by accident or injury
What it involves?
Porcelain veneers are a more conservative treatment option than a crown for a tooth that is healthy underneath. A thin layer of enamel is removed, usually comparable to the thickness of a fingernail. This allows space to bond the veneer later without it protruding in front of your natural teeth. An impression is sent to our ceramist, who designs and fabricates the new shape, colour and contours of the veneers. The veneers are fitted and checked before being permanently bonded to your teeth by your dentist at the next visit.
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