Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain veneers

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain made by our dental technician in Brisbane.  Veneers are bonded on to the front of your teeth and can drastically improve the appearance of your teeth.  Porcelain is a strong and stain resistant material and it greatly mimics the appearance of enamel.

What can porcelain veneers be used for?

  • To hide dark staining of teeth (eg. Tetracycline staining)
  • To help close gaps between teeth
  • To whiten teeth
  • To straighten teeth that suffer from mild crowding

What is the procedure?

To prepare your teeth for veneers, your dentist will need to remove a thin layer of enamel (up to 1mm) from the front surface of each tooth.  An impression will be taken which will be used by our dental technician to carefully create individual, natural looking porcelain veneers.  These veneers will take approximately two weeks to create, and will be cemented on to your teeth at your next appointment.

 

Crowns

A crown is a porcelain or a gold cap, which is placed over the top of a tooth to restore integrity and function.  As we get older, our teeth are subjected to increased strain which may result in loss of tooth structure.  General wear and tear, bruxism (grinding), tooth decay and an acidic diet can all contribute to breakdown of tooth structure.  In some cases, if these teeth are left without any treatment, they may fracture extensively, resulting in more expensive treatment, or even loss of the tooth.  Placement of a crown earlier could often have prevented this tooth loss.

When is a crown indicated?

  • When a weakened, heavily filled or root-treated tooth needs to be strengthened
  • When wanting to improve the colour or shape of a tooth
  • In the restoration of integrity and shape of a broken down tooth

 

Bridges

It is unfortunate when a tooth is lost, but there are several ways of replacing a missing tooth.  These include implants, dentures or bridges.  Not all options are suitable for every patient.  Your dentist will guide you on what is appropriate for your situation.

A bridge replaces a missing tooth by suspending a false tooth from the natural teeth adjacent to the space.  A bridge is formed generally by placing one crown on either side of the space and attaching a solid crown to these two, creating a 3-unit prosthesis. A bridge may occasionally require more than two crowns for extra support and can also replace more than just one missing tooth.

Replacement of a missing tooth is important for the following reasons:

  • It prevents tooth movement of the teeth adjacent to the space.  When teeth are lost, teeth adjacent to the space can drift, causing gaps to form.  This may in turn create food traps, unsightly dark spaces and crooked teeth.
  • It prevents overeruption of opposing teeth
  • Improvement of aesthetics by filling the space from the missing tooth
  • Creation of more stable occlusion, to help with chewing