A crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface to restore to its original shape and size. It protects and strengthens a tooth that cannot be restored with a filling. There are several types, porcelain which is tooth coloured, gold or a combination of metal and porcelain. They have high durability and will last several years but may eventually need to be replaced.
Why need a crown?
- To improve the appearance of heavily filled or discoloured teeth.
- Broken teeth.
- A tooth with a root canal treatment. This usually requires two appointments.
The first appointment involves preparing the tooth and taking highly accurate moulds. The second appointment is fitting the new crown and restoring the tooth to its natural colour and shape
Veneers are wafer thin custom made shells that are bonded onto the front of the teeth. They can be used to improve the colour, shape and size of teeth and are made from porcelain or resin.
What is involved?
Usually two visits. The first appointment involves preparing the tooth and taking highly accurate moulds and the subsequent visit is for bonding the porcelain and polishing to give that beautiful smile.
Who doesn’t like a bright smile?
Tooth whitening is an effective and conservative way to improve the colour of your teeth. Whitening may not be for everyone but ideal for people who have healthy unrestored teeth. People with yellow tones to their teeth, as opposed to grey tones respond best.
In Carysfort Dental we make custom trays to fit the shape of your teeth and a gel (10% carbamide peroxide) is applied over a few hours.
Sensitivity after gel application is common and usually subsides after 24 hours
You must be at least 18 years old to have the treatment and under the law since 2012 a maximum concentration of 6% hydrogen peroxide can be used. Higher concentrations can cause uncomfortable side effects.
It can only be carried out under a dentist’s supervision. It is illegal for a beauticians, hairdresser or a salon to offer tooth whitening treatment using peroxides.
Dental bonding is a procedure which a tooth coloured resin is applied and hardened with a special light to improve a person’s smile. This is often used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, close unsightly gaps or used as an alternative to silver amalgam fillings. It is one of the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures.