When is a bridge used?
When there are missing teeth and there is a need to replace them with a restoration that does not have to be removed, a bridge is a possible treatment option. Usually they are used in situations where the teeth that are missing are surrounded by heavily filled or tipped teeth.
What are crowns and bridges made off?
Some of the earliest materials used for crowns were metals. In some instances we may still use gold as a material for crowns. The material is a very long lasting and malleable. As it is not an aesthetic material other options are available.
Porcelain can be baked onto a gold substructure for an aesthetic version of a crown. These have been available for many years now and are still used by some dentists. As technology has progressed, the need to have a metal substructure has gone. The metal underneath can make these crowns not as aesthetic as natural tooth as teeth are much more translucent.
Crowns and bridges made entirely of ceramic material are the most aesthetic alternative as they allow light to pass through the tooth. In our practice all crowns are made entirely of ceramic due to its superior aesthetics. We use the latest CEREC CAD/CAM technology to create ceramic crowns.
What are veneers made of?
Veneers in our practice are all made of ceramic as this is the most stable material. It provides optimum aesthetics for many years. In comparison veneers made of plastic do not have this stability and will discolour and stain.