Porcelain Veneers & Bonding
Re-establishing smiles to be beautiful and healthy is simple when utilising porcelain veneers. Teeth that are chipped, discoloured, have gaps or misaligned often cause people to feel embarrassed and self-conscious. Porcelain veneers hide undesirable defects that can be caused by a wide variety of reasons such as sporting injuries or root canal treatment.
Veneers are very thin fingernail like shells of tooth coloured porcelain that are custom made to be bonded to the front surface of your tooth. They improve the appearance of stained, chipped or crooked teeth, especially front teeth. They are highly aesthetic and conserve sound tooth structure. The result of veneers is a long-lasting restoration that mimics the natural tooth structure.
What does the procedure entail?
When you have your consultation at Brunswick Dental Clinic, we will assess your individual situation and examine the health of your teeth and gums. Importantly, we will discuss the goals that you wish to achieve, and will investigate what colour shade changes you would like to achieve for a brighter, more attractive smile.
Our dentists will carefully and lightly buff your tooth’s surface to remove some of the enamel, which enables us to get the strongest of bonds to your tooth. The amount of enamel removed depends on the requirements of each individual tooth and the thickness of the veneer. Removing some enamel prevents the tooth from looking oversized, which would occur if the veneer were simply placed on top.
From here our dentists will make an impression mould of your teeth and gum-line. A temporary covering may be made while the lab makes the veneers. On your final visit your veneers are cemented into place.
Crown & Bridge
Crowns are made from high quality, natural looking porcelain to improve your smile and blend naturally with your own teeth. Crowns are designed to strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure, improve the tooth’s overall appearance as well as restore former strength, function and natural appearance. Placed over prepared front or back teeth much like a cap, crowns are widely used to protect teeth that have undergone root-canal treatment.
Bridges replace singular or multiple missing teeth. Bridges consist of an artificial tooth that is firmly anchored to the natural tooth on each side of the gap. Importantly bridges support the surrounding teeth by preventing moving or shifting within the mouth. Restoring a missing tooth with a bridge prevents teeth from shifting, maintains the natural bite and improves chewing ability. The bridges are custom-made in a laboratory and are fitted for each patient in conformation with the patient’s bite, and the size and length of the natural teeth.
The process involved
For these treatments, the patient is required to undertake two appointments. One is to prepare the tooth or teeth for treatment and the other is to fit the crown or bridge. Occasionally a root-canal treatment (RCT) and post may be required if the nerve within the tooth has died or been removed.
During the first appointment a thin layer of enamel is removed from all surfaces of the tooth. From here, impressions are taken to record exactly how you bite together so that we can ensure your new tooth will be properly fitted. We will place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth for a period of approximately two weeks so that the laboratory can make the new crown.
During the second appointment, the temporary crown will be gently removed your new crown will be tried on. The crown will be checked for fit, size, shape and colour before it is permanently cemented to your tooth. Here we can decide whether adjustments are needed or we can proceed with the process of cementation. The cementation process involves using cement that bonds to your tooth and crown.
Inlays & Onlays
A popular alternative to silver fillings for back teeth requiring small to medium sized restorations, is inlays and onlays. Made from either gold or tooth-coloured porcelain, inlays and onlays are a much more conservative treatment solution to return teeth to their full form and function than silver amalgam fillings or a full crown.
Crafted by our laboratory, in a similar process to a crown, they fit your tooth precisely and once secured in place, your new inlay or onlay can be up to 75% stronger than a traditional silver amalgam filling. A major advantage of inlays or onlays is when they bonded into position they seal your tooth more effectively than an amalgam filling, preventing the possibility of decay forming or further tooth fracturing, which can sometimes occur with the micro-movement of an amalgam filling.
Placement of an inlay or onlay provides you with a strong, long-lasting restorative treatment solution.