Four Things to know about Veneers and Crowns
Do you want to give your teeth a makeover? Dental crowns and veneers can restore the appearance of cracked, damaged or crooked teeth.
Dr Geoff Henzell at New England Dental Group in Armidale can provide expert treatment to renew your smile. If you are thinking about having your teeth restored, we have some helpful information about what is involved.
What is a dental veneer and dental crown?
A dental veneer is a porcelain shell that is bonded to the surface of a tooth to conceal stains, discolouration, cracks and gaps. Veneers are applied to the tooth with a unique adhesive and are shaped to match the appearance of your smile.
A dental crown is a sleeve made of ceramic that restores the look and function of a tooth that is severely cracked or damaged beyond repair. In previous years, a crown was made of metal which produced unsightly dark lines where the crown meets the gum line. The introduction of the ceramic crown, however, means it is barely visible.
Multiple appointments with your dentist
You will need to allow for at least two visits to the dentist for tooth restoration treatments like veneers and crowns. During the initial appointment, a dental impression will be taken of your teeth. This impression or mould is a guide for the correct creation of the veneer or crown. Your dentist will send the mould away to a dental lab for the restoration to be made, which may take a few weeks depending on how many veneers or crowns you need. The follow-up appointment will be for your dentist to bond them in place, restoring your winning smile.
Porcelain gives a more natural result than composite resin
Our teeth have a natural dental enamel layer which is translucent. This allows for light to enter the tooth, which bounces off the dentin layer and gives off the brightness you see when someone smiles. While the composite resin material used in some restoration treatments is tooth-coloured, it is a dense material which does not allow the light to penetrate it. Porcelain, however, has that translucent quality which emulates our natural enamel, making it a perfect substitute. Ceramic is a good option if you need an alternative to porcelain.
Your teeth may be damaged when fitting the crown or veneer
To enable the crown or veneer to fit seamlessly on your tooth and in line with your other teeth, your dentist may need to shave off a tiny amount of the dental enamel layer from your tooth. This kind of damage to your tooth won’t last long, though, as the crown or veneer will function as this layer once it has been bonded. The problem to be mindful of, however, is breaking or chipping the restoration. If this were to happen, it is recommended that you replace the veneer or crown as soon as possible so that your teeth are not vulnerable to infection or suffer from sensitivity.
Smile makeovers at New England Dental Group
Take a look at our Smile Gallery for examples of Dr Geoff Henzell’s successful results. With 30 years’ experience in the field, Dr Henzell has performed smile makeovers with crowns and veneers for hundreds of patients. He has a particular interest in aesthetic and restorative dentistry.
If you are in the New England area and would like your crooked, chipped or discoloured teeth expertly restored, contact our friendly team today to arrange a consultation.