Porcelain Bridges, Crowns and Fillings

Porcelain Crowns

Did you know that the loss of just one tooth has a "domino effect" not just from each side of the missing tooth, but also top or bottom. So, before you enter the inevitable cycle of losing even more teeth, why not restore the natural function of your mouth with fixed prosthetics (crowns and bridges)?

Sometimes, a tooth is so badly damaged that a crown is the treatment of choice in order to save a tooth. A crown is made which fits over the top of the remaining part of the tooth. If the crown is well made, no one should be able to tell the difference between the crown and your real teeth.

Case 1 - Before

Case 1 - Before

Case 1 - After

Case 1 - After

Porcelain Bridges

Sometimes, it is impossible to save any tooth structure, and there is a gap of one or more teeth, or maybe several teeth in close proximity that are missing. In these cases a bridge can be constructed. The bridge is anchored to the surrounding tooth on each side of the missing tooth (teeth) and in this way the gap is closed (or bridged). In this way, the gap is closed, the bite is stabilised, and with good hygiene, the result should be not only aesthetic, but also long-lasting.

The below photographs show examples of Bridging Techniques being used together with Bonding Techniques and/or Veneers and/or Whitening Techniques to improve the overall appearance of the smile in general.

Case 1 - Before

Case 1 - Before

Case 1 - After

Case 1 - After

Case 2 - Before

Case 2 - Before

Case 2 - After

Case 2 - After

Porcelain Fillings - Inlays

Another valuable use of porcelain for the cosmetic dentist is in the making of porcelain inlays. This is particularly so when a filing is quite large, but not large enough to warrant the making of a crown. It is also an excellent alternative to mercury or amalgam fillings.

cd-bridges-beforeMercury/Amalgam Dental Fillings

  • May Corrode (darken)
  • Can require extensive removal of tooth structure.
  • Often expand with time, fracturing the tooth at a later date.
  • Decay can develop under the filling material. (Decay under the dark filling cannot be seen)

cd-bridges-afterPorcelain Inlay Placement

  • Attractive tooth colour.
  • Preserves more of the natural tooth structure.
  • Bonding actually strengthens the tooth.
  • Metal-free: no "metallic" taste.
  • No second visit! No temporaries

Advances in Porcelain Technology

A great deal of skill is required to create the aesthetic qualities of the restorative work, so that the difference cannot be detected by others. Dr Wells relies heavily on the quality of the laboratory work that goes into making the fixed prosthetics, as well as the quality of the materials used. We have chosen our dental laboratories carefully, to ensure that you get the very best dentistry that is available.

There is a huge difference in costing for the different materials and laboratory used. Dr Wells will assist you in making the decision that best suits both your needs and your wants. The laboratories used by Simply Beautiful Smiles are all Australian, and produce work of a very high standard, whilst maintaining strict infection control protocol for your safety.

Advances in porcelain technology have made beautiful, life-like tooth artistry available like never before. This new generation of revolutionary systems in aesthetic dentistry, allow for beautifully aesthetic full porcelain restorations and full porcelain crowns like never before. These systems include IPS Empress™, Prettau™ Zirconia systems, Zircon-Zahn™, Williglass™ porcelains, Zirconia and Cergo™. Dr Wells will choose which material best suits your wants and needs.

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