A Dental Crown can be viewed as a helmet to protect a damaged tooth from further impairment. In addition, Crowns are fitted on top of a Dental Implant in order to create a natural look. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can be matched to the colour of your remaining teeth. Not only can this regain the look of a natural tooth but also aid with natural function. There are many scenarios when a crown may be recommended as a treatment for oral health. This includes if there is a large filling required but not much original tooth left, to prevent or restore a fractured cracked tooth, to help with alignment or poorly shaped teeth, or to protect previous dental procedure such as a root canal.
A Veneer reshapes the front side of the tooth, that is, the side of the tooth others can see when you talk or smile. Veneers are thinner than Crowns and require less filing down of the tooth. Veneers are used to treat cosmetic concerns with your smile such as discolouration, minor shape concerns, and other instances when teeth may need extra protection.
Depending on whether you are receiving a Crown or Veneer will depend on what happens during the appointment. However the dentist will always assess which is the best option considering all circumstances and recommend the appropriate sedation or pain relief for treatment.
If a crown is recommended as the best treatment then your dentist will first prepare the tooth to receive the crown. This involves numbing the area and filing down the tooth to make room for the crown. If extensive decay is present that doesn’t need a root canal or a large portion of the tooth is missing due to damage, your dentist will fill or build up the tooth in order to give it the ability to support the crown. Your dentist will then either take an impression or digitally scan your teeth so the crown can be designed. In the mean time your dentist will create a temporary crown for you until the permanent one is ready to be fitted. Once the crown is ready the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be fitted.
The first steps in receiving a veneer is treatment planning. During this process the dentist will assess the outcomes you are trying to achieve and whether veneers are the best treatment option. Once this has been decided some enamel will be filed down, which is about the same thickness as the veneer. Impressions or scans will then be taken of your teeth, which will be used to manufacture the veneer. Once the veneer is ready your dentist will perfect it’s fit and then prepare the tooth for bonding by cleaning, polishing and etching the tooth for a stronger hold. Final adjustments will then be made before you leave with your perfect veneers.
The assessment, impressions, x-rays, or scans shouldn’t cause any discomfort and during the procedure the appropriate numbing or anaesthetic is used. This is to ensure that you are comfortable and that we are able to perform he procedure without interruption. In some cases Sedation Dentistry may be used. Not only does Sedation Dentistry offer an alternative to anaesthetic but is also a great option for those experiencing anxiety about dental treatments. Putting off a visit to the dentist or certain procedure can compromise your oral health in the long run. Our dentists at Advanced Dental Spa are understanding and experienced with patients who may not be the biggest fans of dental clinics. We are patient and courteous and aim to make your treatment the most pleasant experience possible. To learn more about your options and how Advanced Dental Spa can provide a comfortable environment for dental treatments, contact us today.
Being scared of the dentist is a common fear among both young and old and nothing to be ashamed about. Thankfully there are talented dentists such as the ones at our clinics who are trained in methods that will decrease your anxiety associated with dentists and allow you to get the treatment you need. Oral health is extremely important to your overall health and shouldn’t be delayed, especially when facing a condition that could compromise the future integrity of your smile. We offer a range of services and use world class techniques to ensure your discomfort is at a minimum during your treatment, whether that be a routine check up, smile makeover, or dental implant/restoration.
One of the main techniques we use to overcome your fears is Sedation Dentistry. Sedation Dentistry is the process of performing dental treatments while the patient is under conscious (or twilight) sedation. This process can be beneficial in many circumstances including when complex extensive dentistry needs to be undertaken and when the patient faces anxiety about dental work in general. If you’ve experienced issues with a fear of needles, a low pain threshold or strong gag reflex when visiting the dentist, Sedation Dentistry could be the solution. For more information on the services available aimed at making your appointment more comfortable, contact us today.