Veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that bond directly to your tooth. This cosmetic treatment option can change the look of your smile by masking discoloured teeth or restoring the appearance of crooked or chipped teeth. Placing a veneer generally requires two appointments.
During the first appointment, our dentists will take an impression of your teeth and remove some of the enamel on your tooth to make room for the veneer. Local anesthetic will be given to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed during your first appointment. Our dentists then use this impression to make a veneer that’s designed to fit perfectly on your tooth. Temporary veneers made out of plastic are sometimes necessary to protect your teeth while the real veneers are being custom-made. We recommend using the time to get used to the look and feel of veneers before your permanent veneers arrive.
During the second appointment, your temporary veneers are removed and your permanent veneers are bonded to your teeth. This procedure is largely pain free and fairly straightforward. Veneers typically last 5 to 10 years with proper care and maintenance. When the time comes, we can help you with repairing and replacing your veneers at Pender Harbour Dental.
A crown acts as a “cap” on your tooth. If your tooth is cracked or damaged, a crown can be used to restore your tooth to its original shape and size. In some cases, crowns are an effective treatment process to protect weak teeth or mask discoloured teeth.
Crowns generally require two appointments. During your first appointment at Pender Harbour Dental, our dentist will make an impression of your teeth for your custom-made crown. An impression ensures that the crown looks and feels like a natural tooth in your mouth. A temporary crown is then fitted over your tooth and can be worn until your permanent crown is created, similar to Veneers.
During your second appointment, our dentist will remove your temporary crown and bond your permanent crown onto the tooth in a relatively simple, painless procedure. Crowns generally last 10 to 15 years with proper care. Make sure to brush and floss regularly to protect the area around the crown from bacteria and gum disease. And when the time comes to repair or replace a crown, Pender Harbour can help!
Crowns can also be added using dental implants for missing teeth.
For patients looking to Pender Harbour to replace missing teeth with a permanent solution, bridges offer a solution. Unlike implants, bridges use your existing teeth for support, but are less complicated.
A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth by “bridging” the space between two teeth. A bridge is fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side to make space. Then, a fixed bridge is cemented in between the adjacent teeth. A bridge consists of three components: a false tooth and two crowns. Fixed bridges are permanent and cannot easily be taken out of your mouth. Make sure you consult with us about the procedure and examine all your options before committing to a bridge.
After you’ve had a bridge, make sure you clean it the area regularly through good brushing and flossing practices. If you’re missing any teeth and would like more information bridges, book an appointment with one of our dentists at Pender Harbour Dental today. If you need to replace multiple teeth, dental implants may be a good choice.
Dr. Hynd has performed hundreds of dental implants and can help you by replacing missing teeth with permanently embedded replacement teeth, in the form of crowns attached to implants. Learn more about dental implants.
If you’re having trouble eating, experiencing tooth loss or have several missing teeth– you may be an excellent candidate for dentures. Dentures are an artificial plate with one or more false teeth. Dentures protect your mouth from further oral health concerns such as infection and tooth decay, and are removable for cleaning.
Our dentists custom mould dentures to your teeth so they feel comfortable and natural. And advancements in dentures mean that they are more comfortable and flexible than ever before.
There are two different types of dentures: partial and full dentures. Partial dentures are used only when a few teeth are missing, to fill a gap caused by an injury or decay. Full dentures are “complete dentures” and are used when all your natural teeth are missing. Don’t let them fool you; dentures require the same level of care as natural teeth. Make sure to see us regularly to adjust your denture if needed. If you have more questions, visit us at Pender Harbour Dental.