Crowns 

What is a crown? 
A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement. 
 
Crowns are used for several reasons: 
•as a protective cover for badly decayed teeth or fractured teeth 
•as a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings 
•to correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing and irregular shape or severe discolouration. 

Bridges 

What are bridges made of? 
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal. If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength. 
 
Are bridges expensive? 
Although a bridge may seem costly they can be a wise investment that will give many years of good service. It will also improve your appearance and bite. A bridge uses the considerable skill of the dentist and technician, and in this way, it's similar to ordering a piece of hand-made jewellery. 
 
How do I look after my bridge? 
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach. 

Veneers 

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front side of teeth to improve the overall appearance of teeth. They are made of either thin plastic resin or porcelain and can be placed to: 
•correct poorly formed or mildly mal-positioned teeth 
•close gaps between teeth 
•mask internal stains 
•restore partially broken-down teeth 
•Tooth preparation is minimal and confined to the enamel structure. The veneer is bonded to the tooth structure with tooth-coloured resin cement. Several visits are necessary to complete treatment. 
 
Patients should be aware that this is usually an irreversible process because it's necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell. 
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