What is a Veneer?
A Veneer is a very thin, custom-made ceramic cover that is bonded to the front of your tooth.
What are they made of?
Veneers are made of tooth-coloured ceramic.
What are the benefits of having Veneers?
Veneers can be used to change and improve the appearance of gaps, chips, cracks, discolouration, and misalignment of teeth. They can also be used to alter the size, shape and colour of teeth.
As veneers are made of layers of translucent porcelain they allow light to shine through, giving the appearance of brighter, natural-looking teeth. The porcelain veneers will not stain or loose lustre over time.
Does it hurt to have them?
No, as veneers only need about 0.5mm to 1mm of enamel to be buffed away. They are the most
conservative porcelain restoration (and can sometimes be done with no tooth preparation at all). Preparation and fitting can usually be done with no anaesthetic.
I think I’d like Veneers what should I do next?
Book a free consultation with one of our smile design experts. At this appointment we can discuss your aesthetic goals for correcting and improving your smile and how best to achieve the smile you always wanted. We will agree a treatment plan that is within your budget and also tell you what to expect over the next few appointments.
Are they expensive?
Making natural looking porcelain veneers is an art form. We want you to be delighted with the results and so only use the very best and highly skilled dental technicians.
If I don’t want Veneers what else can I do?
Porcelain veneers are not the only option for improving the aesthetics of broken, chipped, or discoloured teeth. There are also other options to consider. These include porcelain crowns, addition of tooth coloured filling material (composite), and teeth whitening which can all improve the aesthetics of your smile. At Wessington Dental / Northern Centre for Implant and Aesthetic Dentistry we look to find the best solution for you as an individual. Planning out what you want and how best to reach your aesthetic goal is an essential part of any treatment.
What is a Crown?
A crown is a thin custom-made cover (or cap) that goes over a tooth in order to improve the appearance or protect what is left of a tooth from damage. A crown is fixed into place and cannot be taken out.
What materials are in a Crown?
Crowns are usually made of either all porcelain (which most like a natural tooth in colour) or porcelain bonded to an inner core of precious metal (these crowns combine strength and aesthetics).
What are the benefits of having a Crown?
Crowns restore a tooth to its natural size, shape and if using porcelain, colour as well. They improve the strength, function and appearance of a broken-down tooth that may otherwise be lost. They may also be designed to decrease the risk of root decay.
What happens with Crowns?
The tooth is first assessed for its suitability to be crowned. The tooth is then prepared. This involves modifying the shape of the tooth or filling so that the crown can fit down on the tooth. Following this preparation stage an impression or mould is taken and sent to our laboratory. Our highly skilled technician will them make a bespoke crown to fit your tooth precisely. This is fitted 2-3 weeks after the tooth was prepared. A temporary crown will be used to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being manufactured.
What are the alternatives to Crowns?
The alternatives to crowns are conventional fillings, such as composite (white) or amalgam (silver metal). These fillings remove decay and may restore teeth to their original form, however they do not improve the strength of broken down teeth.
I think I’d like a Crown what do I do next?
Following a consultation with one of our dentists the best type and design of crown that will work for you is selected. We will then agree a treatment plan that is within your budget and also tell you what to expect over the next few appointments.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces missing teeth. It is made of a false tooth attached to crowns, which fit over the teeth on both sides of a space. A bridge is fixed in place and cannot be taken out.
What are Bridges made of?
Bridges are usually either: all porcelain (these are most like a natural teeth in colour)
or porcelain fused to an inner core of gold alloy (Porcelain Fused to Metal or “PFM”). These crowns have the best combination of strength and aesthetics
What are the benefits of having a Bridge?
Bridges build back your smile and help you to speak and chew properly by restoring your teeth to their natural size, shape and colour. They help maintain tooth, bite and jaw alignment by preventing the teeth next to the gap from shifting out of position.
What are the alternatives to having a Bridge?
There are three alternatives to bridges:
1. Replace the missing tooth with an implant.
2. Replace the missing tooth with a removable partial denture.
3. Leave the space as it is.
I think I’d like a Bridge what do I do next?
Following a consultation with one of our dentists. The best type and design of bridge that will work for you is selected. We will then agree a treatment plan that is within your budget and also tell you what to expect over the next few appointments.
What is a Complete Denture?
A complete denture is an appliance that replaces all the teeth in one jaw. It is not fixed in the mouth and can be taken out.
What is a Complete Denture made of?
The base of a complete denture is made of pink acrylic. The teeth are made of tooth coloured acrylic or porcelain which attach into the base. Sometimes the part covering the roof of the mouth can be made out of metal called cobalt chrome to make that part a lot stronger.
What are the benefits of a Complete Denture?
A complete denture restores function and appearance to a jaw with no teeth. It is the most cost effective way of replacing all the teeth in one jaw. A complete denture can also provide important support to facial structures such as the lips, helping to maintain a more youthful appearance
What are the alternatives to a Complete Denture?
The alternatives to having a complete denture are to either: Leave your mouth as it is or to have Implants which can be used to support and hold in place a bridge or a complete denture
I have a denture but it is loose what can I do?
With time, the shape of the gums under a denture changes and they become flatter. Therefore, even the best fitting denture can become slack due to this process. At Wessington Dental as part of your assessment we will discuss what has caused your denture to become loose. We can then advise you on how best to correct the looseness. This may be something as simple and cost effective as relining your existing denture, to making a new bridge fixed in place on implants
I think I’d like a Complete Denture what do I do next?
Following a consultation with one of our dentists. The best type and design of denture material (and teeth) that will work for you is selected. We will then agree a treatment plan that is within your budget and also tell you what to expect over the next few appointments.
Tooth Coloured Filling
What is a Tooth Coloured Filling?
A tooth coloured filling, or ‘composite’, builds back missing tooth structure to its original shape and colour.
What material is in a Tooth Coloured Filling?
A tooth coloured filling is a mixture of a tooth coloured resin with clear glass particles that give it strength.
What are the benefits of a Tooth Coloured Filling?
Tooth coloured fillings come in many shades so they can be made to very closely match the colour of your natural teeth. They are bonded into place and require less removal of healthy tooth structure than silver fillings.
What are the alternatives to having a Tooth Coloured Filling?
The alternatives to having a tooth coloured filling are: Having a silver filling or ‘amalgam’ placed.
Having a gold or porcelain filling (either inside or over the tooth) placed.