A crown, sometimes known as dental cap, is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement.
Reasons for crowns;
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured or large fillings.
- Tooth has a root canal.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
Reason for a fixed bridge;
- Fill space of missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
Sealants are thin,plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
Getting sealants put on in a dental office is simple and painless.Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth.
Sealants are clear or tinted. Tinted sealants are easier to see.
Sealants can last up to 10 years. But they need to be checked at regular dental check-ups to make sure they are not chipped or worn away. The dentist can repair sealants by adding more sealants material.
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain hat are custom made (for shape and color). They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile.They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.
They are very durable and will last many years,giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for Veneers;
- Cosmetically, to create a uniform ,white,beautiful smile.
- Crooked teeth.
- Misshapen teeth.
- Severely discolored or fluorosed teeth.
- Teeth that are too small or large.
- Unwanted or uneven spaces.
- Worn or chipped teeth.
What are Dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement and is used in prosthetic dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth.
Implants consists of 3 parts – a special crown, a post and an anchor bridges or dentures.
Tooth whitening is a process that lightens the color of a tooth. Whitening may be accomplished by physical removal of the stain or a chemical reaction to lighten the tooth color. Bleaching is defined here as the chemical degradation of the chromogens.
Reasons for tooth whitening;
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
- Fluorosed teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc)
- Yellow, brown Fluorosed teeth.