Dental crowns or “caps” are restorations that cover the entire outer surface of a remaining prepared tooth, almost like a glove. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth, rebuild broken or excessively damaged teeth or to improve cosmetic appearance. Crowns can be placed on both front and back teeth.
Veneers are thin shells of tooth coloured material (ceramic or composite) that are “cemented” to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance used to mask stained, misaligned or chipped and broken teeth. Veneers are usually placed on front teeth and are generally not suitable in load bearing areas like back teeth.
Dentures are used to replace missing teeth and are removable. There are two types of dentures – complete or ‘full’ (where all your teeth are missing) or partial dentures (used to replace one or more missing teeth). These can be made of plastic or metal and anchor onto the remaining teeth for stability. They also provide structure to your smile and prevent surrounding facial muscles from sagging.
Your dentist will also be able to offer you the ‘Flexible Denture’ which is based on a new flexible material, making them much easier to wear, more comfortable and able to adapt to slight changes in the shape of your mouth, for example, when you are eating or drinking.