A veneer is porcelain, ceramic or composite shell that is bonded to the front of the tooth to preserve your tooth’s natural structure. Veneers are a conservative alternative to crowns and minimal adjustment is required when prepping the tooth. Veneers can be used to restore chipped, stained and misaligned teeth.
Tooth Replacement Bridges
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth and are cemented to the natural tooth structure. With bridges, they are not always the best option to fit the open space as we have to trim the adjacent tooth/teeth to support the bridge. It is a better alternative to a denture but does have certain disadvantages to a dental implant.
Having missing teeth can cause issues that can affect the appearance and functionality of your mouth. Implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to an injury or from periodontal disease. Implants preserve the facial structure which helps to prevent bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dentures or “false teeth” are removable appliances constructed to replace missing teeth that are custom made to suit your smile. There are different denture designs, some relying on a bonding agent or clasps around apposing teeth. New denture wearers need time to get accustomed to their new teeth as the dentures will feel awkward at first and will generally be uncomfortable when eating. With dentures, constant adjustments may be needed in the first couple of months to fit comfortably in the mouth.