These are porcelain (other material like plastic could also be use) shells that are custom-made to fit your teeth. They are meant to cover the front surface of your teeth in order to change their shape and color.
Veneers last longer than bonding and have a superior-looking finish. They are typically used to correct the following flaws in your smile:
- Gaps between your teeth.
- Chipped or worn down teeth
- Permanent staining
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
Porcelain veneers are inserted in two visits. The first is for custom-making them and the second is for fitting and fixing them. If done well by an experienced dental professional, veneers can last years.
Crowns are caps used to completely cover a tooth that’s discolored, misshapen, broken, has a large filling, or to hold a dental implant in place. Crowns are made of different materials including ceramic, resin and metals. As they have to be custom made, you’ll need more than one visit to the dentist to get a crown fitting.
Enamel Shaping and Contouring
This is a procedure that involves shaping or removing dental enamel where a tooth has an irregular shape, if you have bite problems or if your teeth are crooked.
If you have a tooth missing, it can be replaced using dental bridges. A bridge has two main parts, the first is the dental crowns, which anchor into the surrounding teeth. The other is the false tooth, which will sit on the gap.
Though the procedure for fixing implants is involved and costly, it provides a long-term solution if you are missing any teeth. This is because dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone.
A dental implant has 3 parts:
- The titanium, which is inserted into the jawbone
- The abutment, which sticks out of the gum
- The crown, which is tooth-like in appearance and serves as the tooth
In case you suffer from bone loss, your dentist will first do a bone graft before fixing the implant.