Crowns, Bridges and Porcelain Veneers
Dental Crowns also referred to as “caps” are restorations that cover and encase the tooth on which they are cemented. This helps to hold and splint the tooth together reducing the risk of tooth fractures.
We use crowns to restore the appearance of broken or decayed teeth, straighten teeth and improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.
Crowns are used for
- Severely broken-down teeth
- Replacements of large fillings
- Teeth which regularly break
- After root canal therapy (RCT)
- Cosmetic improvements (shape, colour and/or position)
At the O Clinic once your tooth/teeth have been prepared and impressions or scans taken a biocompatible digitally produced crown is constructed to mimic function and aesthetics of the tooth structure it replaces.
Since crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth it essentially becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.
Crowns can be made from porcelain (meaning a ceramic material), metal (a gold or other metal alloy) or a combination of both.
Huge advancement has taken place in Technologies and procedures available to restore broken down teeth and or missing teeth with cosmetic and functional pleasing prosthesis made of human biocompatible porcelain such as Zirconia and other types of porcelain.
Over the past few years we have moved away from metal-based restorations towards more cosmetic and functional types of porcelain which we have found is much more biocompatible with gum health and the overall health of our patients. With the increases in metal allergies and metal toxicity that some of our patients have experienced and the increase in environmental metal pollution we have embarked on driving our entire practice to become more environmentally friendly.
These new techniques have replaced many of the old techniques by utilising superior and much more accurate manufacturing techniques.
Our very own modern laboratories will work closely with the dentist to plan and manufacture a crown or a bridge replacement specific for you. The acquisition of the latest intra oral scanners and CT scanners.
We are now able to manufacture digital examples of a subject’s mouth in incredible detail. We can then develop prototypes of teeth that we can use in situ in our patients prior to manufacturing the final restorations. In complex cases, this ability to have an exact replica of the patient has huge advantages and has helped us to reduce appointments, time and inconveniences in having to remake prototypes until they are satisfactory.
By combining the patient-specific anatomical markers and aligning the jaw joints with the teeth have we been able to tap into the effects a well-aligned jaw and bite may have on overall patient health and well being. We have been able to develop unique protocols of care through the O align alignment system that we have patented and how to adapt this specific to each patient and bodywide signs and symptoms of patients that are suffering with descending TMJ related problems.
An Aligned, Balanced and Stabile jaw joint is very important when rebuilding a new bite/occlusion for you.
We now have the ability to design a specific dental crown, bridge or implant supported structure to improve your jaw alignment, give you a more balanced bite and improve the muscular stability associated with good jaw function.
If you have a gap in your mouth where a tooth has not formed or if one has been removed, The O Clinic clinicians understand the importance of restoring such a space not only for the health of the immediate surroundings structure but also for the stability of your bite and full body influences.
There are several options to restore such a space. Our Clinician will advise you accordingly and may suggest a bridge.
A bridge consists of a false tooth (pontic) being supported/fused between two crowns which are which are bonded to your own teeth to fill in the gap, you can efferent clean underneath your bridge once it has been permanently placed.
Other bridges such as a cantilever bridge are only fused to one tooth.
In areas of the mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space.
When cared for bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct bite issues and even improve speech, as well as giving an improved cosmetic appearance.
Veneers are thin, custom-made tooth coloured covers for the front surface of the teeth. They can be used and designed to alter gaps between teeth, mask stains, misaligned or crooked teeth. They are crafted from tooth-coloured, high-tech materials to portray a natural, bright smile.
Veneers provide an alternative to traditional crowns. If these conditions apply to your mouth, veneers may be your best option and your O Clinic Clinician can advise you on the suitability of such treatment.