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Porcelain Crowns and Porcelain Veneers
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Cracked tooth Crown over cracked tooth  

Crown for a Cracked Tooth

When bones break, they can repair. When teeth crack they cannot repair themselves. The only way to hold this tooth together is to wrap the entire tooth up with a crown. The tooth is cut all the way around (see below) to make room for a "thimble" to slide over the tooth stump, supporting the crack. Cracks need to be fixed quickly before they split the tooth in half, otherwise there could be nerve damage. (For more info on cracks, click Here).
       
Porcelain Crown Crown over dead stump  

Porcelain fused to metal crown

To hide the very dark colour, a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is placed over this prepared tooth. The metal thimble offers extreme strength, and the porcelain is then baked on top to mask out the metal colour. This tooth has become weakenen because there is no pulp anymore. (It has had root canal treatment). The crown will help to improve this by offering strength and longevity to the root stump. Crowns can last for decades.
       
Veneers Cosmetic dentistry with crowns and veneers  

Porcelain Veneers x2 and Porcelain Crowns x2

Attempts to patch up the smile with composite resin have left the teeth looking a bit shabby over the years. The 2 centre teeth only needed minimal coverage with veneers to straighten and whiten them. The smaller teeth either side needed crowns because they were more heavily restored in the past, needing a stronger fix. It took some time for the patient to adjust to his new look. Click image for a close up of the process.
       
Black tooth makeover Covering a dark tooth with porcelain  

Porcelain fused to Metal Crown

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Crown and whitening Crown on front tooth  

Porcelain Crown & Tooth whitening

The front tooth had been patched with composite previously, but a crown was able to bring the tooth back to full size without worry of it breaking. By whitening the teeth first, the crown was matched into the new colour.
       
Porcelain Veneers Venners periodontitis  

Porcelain Veneers

Periodontal disease has effected the gums causing gaps to open up between the teeth. Notice that although the teeth look better after veneers, there is very little that can be done to replace missing gum tissue. (Though pink porcelain may help mask the gap in certain cases.) Daily flossing is essential to prevent gum disease in susceptible people.
       
Crown and veneer Crown with lack line  

Crown and Veneer

The black tooth was masked by the crown, however the gums then later shrunk around the top edge, showing a halo of black. Also the new crown was later shortened as the patient felt the new teeth were a little too long. Why is there a black line above the crown?
       
Confidence restored Restored teeth   Smiling did not come naturally to this person. After crowning the front 3 teeth, we see how the lips have relaxed, and the smile is a genuine one. Confidence restored!
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