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Composite resin restoration are our modern solution for replacing old amalgam(silver) fillings, and replacing any restoration that is leaking or decaying around the edges of the tooth. These have been around for many decades, but they are continuously being improved to make them longer lasting and more aesthetic, and are used in both front and back teeth.
When a restoration gets very large, and there is more composite than actual tooth, then we will discuss other options which might include a crown.
Crowns are typically used to cover a heavily restored or broken tooth, where the simpler Composite resin may become too large and therefore not the best option.
They are also strongly advised for Root Canaled Teeth to provide long term strength.
Crowns were usually made of a precious metal core covered in porcelain. These days a modern crown is metal free and made of advanced quartz like materials and porcelain.
There are different types of crown materials depending on what they are being used for.
Crowns can be used to attach fixed bridges, restore an implant, and apart from their physical strength and wear, they can also have an aesthetic use to cover stained or chipped teeth. That already have big or multiple restorations. This sort of cosmetic dentistry is generally used where extra tooth reinforcement is needed.
Veneers are an ideal solution to cosmetically enhance a smile while still maintaining healthy tooth structure. Veneers are generally way more conservative than crowns, and are thin, usually only 0.5-0.75 mm ,
that can be used to restore chipped, gapped, stained, or misaligned teeth. They are more commonly used on front teeth and can as with all porcelain, made in any tooth colour that you like, so you can have Hollywood white teeth if you want.
They are bonded to the front of your teeth, and can be made from long lasting porcelain, or the shorter lasting composite resin.
Bridges are natural-looking artificial teeth that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Again in this modern world, we tend to use bridges when dental implants are unable to be used for whatever reason.
A bridge will have crowns on the teeth at either end and porcelain false teeth in the middle, so it looks like a set of normal teeth, except they are permanently fixed.
This is also preferable to a small denture, which is removable.
Bridges are made from the same material as crowns