A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. Crowns can be made from various materials including metal, porcine or a combination of the two. The crown is made by firstly the dentist preparing the tooth for the crown to be place on, then a final impression are taken of the preparation and sent to a dental lab where the crown will be made, the crown normally takes up to a few weeks to be made during this time you will be left with a temporary. After the two weeks the temporary will be removed and the final crown will be cemented into place. (crowns are a fixed item). Here at the Uttoxeter Dental Practice we offer a wide range of different crowns and both on a NHS and Private Basis.
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
The bridge is made by firstly the dentist will need to prep the surrounding tooth/teeth and then and impression taken of the prepared tooth/teeth, which will eventually support the bridge. A bridge is usually created from precious metal and porcelain and will be fixed in your mouth.
Fillings are used to repair a hole in the tooth which has been damaged by decay, the cavity is usually restored by an amalgam filling which is a metal alloy, but in certain circumstances a composite filling material can be used (which is tooth coloured), these are not always suitable for the job in hand, but the dentist would advise you of this at the time.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure in which the diseased or damaged pulp (core) of a tooth is removed and the inside areas (the pulp chamber and root canals) are filled and sealed.
This procedure is for when the pulp/nerve supply becomes infected (the nerve dies off), it is irrigated and then filled with a root filling, the root filling is then filled with a regular filling, but may need a crown in the future to help strengthen the tooth. If a root canal treatment is not carried out then this may result in the loss of the tooth.
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, they are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the mouth. There are two types of main denture materials acrylic (most commonly used) and a metal cobalt chrome base denture. Dentures are removable so they can be cleaned and in some cases soaked in a cleaning solution. A series of appointments will be needed to complete the procedure including impressions and bite registration stages.
In dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect any damage to a tooth’s surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain.
The procedure is very similar to crown and a few visits would be needed to complete this, firstly an initial appointment to prep the tooth and impressions will be taken and sent to the laboratory, whilst the veneer is being made you will be wearing a temporary cover until the final item is ready for cementing.