Veneers, crowns and onlays are different types of restorations, made in a dental laboratory, that are bonded on to a prepared tooth to restore health, function and aesthetics. The main difference between the three is the degree to which they cover a tooth surface.
A post-crown is needed when a tooth is so badly decayed that there is not enough tooth structure left to support a crown on its own, i.e. when the tooth has broken off at the gum line leaving only the root(s). A root canal filling has or will be carried out by an endodontist to prepare the tooth. The post is a rod that is cemented into the root canal filling to provide an anchor on which to place a core (made of filling material) that keeps the crown (the part that resembles a tooth) securely in place.
You will need to have at least two visits. At the first visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth, take the impressions, make a note of the shade of your tooth, and fit a temporary restoration. At the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary restoration and fit the permanent one. There will usually be about 2-4 weeks between appointments.
Not usually as patients are given a local anaesthetic. Once the anaesthetic has worn off, it is usual to feel mild discomfort and soreness at the injection site for a day or two.
Unless it is a full metal crown or onlay, we make every effort to match your new restoration to the adjacent teeth to reduce its visibility. It is very difficult to get a crown that matches perfectly due to the intricate details of a natural tooth. If you are very particular about the colour match of your restoration we can send your case to an expert technician that has an eye for high-end aesthetics.
Costs will vary according to the type of crown and the material used, however, prices start from £450 per restoration.
There are many variables (from diet to maintenance of oral hygiene) that determine how long a restoration will last, but we expect such restorations to give you a service of around 8-12 years.
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