Cosmetic fillings and crowns

Cosmetic fillings

Placing white fillings in front teeth used to be picking a single shade of the filling and placing it in the cavity.  Whilst sometimes they blended well the results were often disappointing.  The fillings did not match and they stained easily and discoloured.  Modern white fillings are placed using two or three shades to build the filling in layers.  This mimics the actual structure of the tooth and so produces a more aesthetic result.  Modern white fillings have a smoother finish and are less prone to staining and do not discolor as easily.

Cosmetic bonding is using white fillings to correct small defects such as slight chips and close small gaps between your teeth. A white filling with a specific colour to match is applied to your tooth surfaces and sculpted into the desired shape

Cosmetic Bonding
Cosmetic Bonding

Above: examples of cosmetic bonding

Cosmetic crowns and veneers

Older crowns used on front teeth generally had a metal core with porcelain fused to the outside.  These crowns often showed a black margin where the metal shows through and also had a dull lifeless appearance as light could not pass through the metal core.  Modern crowns for front teeth are made entirely of a strong porcelain which does not have any metal to show through and have a more translucent natural appearance as light can pass through the crown.

Veneers are wafer thin shells porcelain that fit over the front surfaces of your teeth.  The beauty of veneers are that they can be fabricated to any size and shape with surface characteristics that make them look natural and fit in with your surrounding teeth.
The shade matching for crowns and veneers is done accurately, often using photographs to help the technician produce a natural looking crown.  If shade matching is a particular problem we can arrange for you to visit the laboratory where your crown will be be made while you are there.  This will produce the most natural and lifelike crown that blends perfectly with the adjacent teeth.

Crowns and veneers can be used to correct several problems including:

  • Covering discoloured teeth,
  • Repairing badly worn, chipped or fractured teeth
  • Making slightly crooked teeth look straighter
  • Closing gaps between your teeth
  • Transforming your smile with a smile makeover
Crowns
Crowns

Above: examples of dental crowns

Veneers

Above: example of veneers

Amalgam replacement

The replacement of old amalgam fillings with white or tooth-coloured fillings which can make a dramatic difference to your overall smile.

Amalgam replacement
Amalgam replacement

Above: examples of amalgam replacement

Smile Makeovers

If you are you unhappy with your smile but don’t know where to start? Do you want to change your smile to improve the colour, shape, position or length of your teeth? Using a combination of a variety of cosmetic techniques we can provide you with the smile you have always dreamed of having.

Smile makeover
Smile makeover

Above: examples of smile makeovers

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