Crowns, veneers and bridges - North West Dental in Christchurch

Crowns, Veneers and Bridges

A stronger way to restore tooth form or function.

Crowns

 

What are crowns?

 

Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over your teeth. They are made of porcelain or zirconia and are created to match your current tooth colour. Gold or metal crowns are also an option if you are not concerned about having a natural appearance for your back teeth. Crowns are made from a durable material that provides long-term protection for your mouth that is both natural and good-looking.

 

Why are crowns used?

 

A dental crown may be needed to strengthen or protect a weak tooth from breaking, or it may be required to restore a tooth that has already broken. Crowns are also used for cosmetic modifications to improve the appearance of teeth.

 

How are crowns fitted?

 

Our dentists file down the existing tooth to prepare it for the new crown, or if the tooth is damaged, the dentist will rebuild the tooth by filling it in so that it is strong enough to support the crown. The dentist will then take a mould of the tooth and send it off to a dental technician who will make the crown.
Our dentists will provide a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the dental technician has made the final crown. When your permanent crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown, and the new crown will be fitted and cemented to the tooth.

 

Veneers

 

What are veneers?

 

Veneers are thin ‘shells’ composed of porcelain or composite resin that are specially made to bond to the front of your teeth. They are an excellent way to renew discoloured, chipped, or broken teeth! Veneers are very natural looking and can also be used to conceal significant gaps between teeth and to straighten crooked teeth.

 

Are veneers right for me?

 

A consultation with one of our dentists will help assess whether veneers are the best option for you. In some cases, crowns may be more appropriate for heavily damaged teeth.

 

Bridges

 

What is a bridge?

 

A bridge is a prosthetic device that is supported by existing teeth to fill the gap of a missing tooth. Bridges are a solution to cosmetic or functional teeth concerns. They can ease the discomfort created from missing teeth by assisting with chewing and speaking.

 

How are bridges fitted?

 

Our dentists will begin by preparing the teeth, which are beside the gap to be filled. A mould of your teeth will then be taken and sent to a dental technician who will make the structure of the bridge. The technician uses porcelain to create a natural appearance of the bridge and sometimes a metal core for structural strength.

 

The dentist will make you a temporary bridge to protect your teeth while you wait for your final bridge to arrive. At your last appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed, and the permanent bridge will be checked and then permanently fitted onto your teeth.

 

If you have any queries or want to book an appointment, please email us at reception@nwdental.co.nz or call us on 03 359 8300 to see one of our experienced team members.