Dental Crowns & Veneers in Devon
Dental Crowns Are A Quick Fix, Perfect Fit
If you have a misshapen, discoloured or moderately damaged tooth, the easiest and most common solution is to cover it with a dental crown. A crown is a hollow cap, color matched and shaped like your tooth, cemented over a damaged tooth to protect and strengthen it.
Because dental crowns are built in a lab, we can craft them perfectly to the shape of your tooth and mouth. There are several materials to choose from, crowns can be made of metal, porcelain fused to gold, zirconium, ceramic, or even solid gold. The dentist will recommend which options are right for you depending on placement and your personal preference.
Why Might You Need A Crown?
You and your dentist consult on the best options for your oral health, sometimes that oral health care plan includes the need for a dental crown. Some of the dental issues that can be resolved with the use of a crown are:
- Preventing a damaged or weak tooth from deteriorating further
- Protecting a compromised tooth after a root canal
- Covering a large filling or dental implant to provide stability
- Changing the look or shape of your smile
How We Crown You
First, we take an impression of the damaged tooth and surrounding area to use when building your crown to ensure a perfect match to your mouth and bite pattern. The damaged tooth is then shaped to make room for the crown and a temporary crown is placed over top of the tooth to protect it until your permanent crown is ready. You come back to see us when your permanent dental crown is ready, and we make any adjustments to ensure a perfect fit before we cement it into place.
Caring For Your Crown
Dental crowns last an average of ten years, but, with attention and regular care they could last a lifetime if you take care of them properly. Treat your crown like you’d treat any other tooth with daily flossing, brushing, regular check-ups and professional cleanings to extend its life. All dental services performed by a general dentist.
Veneers are a thin shell of hardy porcelain cemented to the front of a tooth to restore its natural look. They are custom-made to match the shade and shape of your natural tooth and are a quick and permanent solution to correct minor imperfections in your smile.
The application of a few veneers can transform your smile overnight! Veneers can often be used where a full crown is not required, and by correcting discoloration and filling gaps, they can be a permanent alternative to whitening and minor orthodontic work. Porcelain veneers are very durable and can last many years, with proper care and dental hygiene.
Porcelain veneers can be used to:
- Cover severely discolored teeth
- Create a uniform, white smile
- Repair crooked teeth
- Restore misshapen teeth
- Repair deeply stained teeth resistant to whitening products
- Match-up teeth that are uneven in size
- Close gaps and uneven spaces
- Repair worn or chipped teeth
How Are Porcelain Veneers Made?
Having veneers applied usually requires two visits to our office to complete the process, and most patients require little to no anesthesia during the procedure. Your teeth are prepared by gently removing a thin layer of enamel and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. An impression of your teeth is made and will be used to create a perfectly fitted veneer, you and the dentist will then choose a shade to match the veneer to your natural teeth.
On your second visit, we will prepare your tooth/teeth for application of your new veneer to ensure a durable bond. Bonding cement is used to secure your veneer and cured with a special light to harden and set the bond. Once in place, your veneers should look and feel like they belong in your beautiful smile! We’ll send you home with instructions for caring for your veneers, they require all the same care and attention as your natural teeth. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental check ups will ensure a long useful life for your new veneers. All dental services performed by a general dentist.