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Veneers

Veneers


In dentistry veneers are used to mask the imperfections of a tooth or teeth.


A veneer is an extremely thin piece of porcelain which is custom made to fit over the tooth to improve the aesthetics of a smile.


Veneers are a less intrusive option than crowns or braces of course sometimes, crowns or braces may be the only choice which will benefits certain patients in different circumstances.


However, veneers can be placed to close gaps in the teeth or correct minor misalignments. Veneers are also chosen by patients purely for aesthetic purposes such as to enhance the brightness of their smile, to straighten their teeth or for repairing matters like, discolouration, fractures or chips in the teeth.


Veneers are matched to the colour of the other teeth making them hardly noticeable. They are held in place using bonding agents which helps the veneers stick directly to the tooth’s enamel surface, making the porcelain veneer even stronger.


Although the tooth requiring the veneer does not need a lot of invasive preparation you should speak to your dentist about whether or not veneers are the best option for you and your teeth.



Ian, the Mosman dentist. Dentist Mosman.

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Crowns

Crowns


 A crown or tooth-shaped cap is a type of dental restoration which completely covers an entire tooth.


Crowns can be used on any teeth including, front teeth and molars, either primary or secondary teeth.


Times when a crown may be required includes:


The tooth has extensive decay
A filling would be too large, making the tooth weak and more likely to break
Restoring a dental implant
Aesthetic purposes
A tooth is considered weak because it has undergone root canal treatment or did not develop properly
A severely broken tooth where a normal filling will not be successful


It usually takes a few appointments in order for the crown to process to be completed. At the first appointment the tooth requiring the crown will be prepared into the shape needed to hold the crown in place, a few dental impressions will then be taken of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. These impressions are then usually sent to a dental lab where they will construct the crown to fit around the tooth. It can take about a week for this to be done.
The second appointment would be to have the crown fitted using dental cement which helps bond the crown to the tooth.


Some dentists use a special machine which can make the crown for them in their dental practice, therefore, you would only require one, longer appointment to have the tooth prepared and the crown fitted on the same day.


There are a large variety of different materials used to make dental crowns. Your dentist will advise you of which material is used in his practice and the benefits it will have for your tooth.




Ian, the Mosman dentist. Dentist Mosman.

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