Crowns & Veneers

These restorations are used to restore the form, function and aesthetics of existing teeth that have been damaged or compromised. The tooth is prepared to allow room for restorative materials and an impression is made. Once the crown has been fabricated in the dental laboratory, it is cemented onto the tooth. Various materials can be used to create these restorations such as gold and ceramics.

A veneer can be use to change the shape or color of a tooth when a more conservative treatment, such as teeth bleaching and/or recontouring, does not provide an acceptable result. The tooth is prepared to allow room for restorative material and a ceramic veneer is cemented onto the tooth.

When a posterior tooth is compromised due to dental caries (cavities), tooth wear or fracture, a crown can be used to provide the tooth with a better long-term prognosis and help to prevent the tooth from fracturing. A crown allows the tooth to withstand forces from chewing and grinding better than a large composite restoration (white filling). Gold, gold with porcelain veneering, zirconia and lithium disilicate are all reasonable materials that can be used to fabricate the crown.

When an anterior tooth is compromised due to dental caries (cavities), tooth wear or fracture, a crown can be used to provide the tooth with a better long-term prognosis and help to prevent the tooth from fracturing. Zirconia with porcelain veneering or lithium disilicate can be used for these types of restorations as they are highly aesthetic and provide adequate strength.