Teeth have been replaced in a variety of ways throughout history. The earliest replacements are those fashioned from animal teeth or pieces of bone wrapped with gold wire. Since then, natural substances have been utilized including porcelain, ivory and even platinum. George Washington’s famous wooden dentures are an early example of dentures.
Crowns and Bridges
There are many types of dental crowns available; dental crowns are made of metal, ceramic or a combination. Each type of crown comes with specific advantages and disadvantages which must be considered before arriving at a final decision. Several factors contribute to choosing the right crown including patient health, location in the mouth and patient habits.
Most patients would agree that implants have greater aesthetic appeal, are more comfortable and even provide a patient with the ability to bit just as forcefully as dental bridges that are fixed in place. Another important advantage is the fact that implants provide a permanent treatment alternative that remedies the embarrassment and inconvenience often associated with dentures.
Our Everest CAD/CAM system allows precision that can only be achieved with CAD/CAM (computer aided technology). The results of full crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers or bridge frameworks are always uniformly excellent. Zirconium dioxide frameworks have a much better fit than cast frameworks.
In-Lab Shade Taking
Determining the shade of a crown to match surrounding teeth can be a complex and time consuming process. The aim is to produce crowns that look as close as possible to adjacent natural teeth so that they are unnoticeable.
We use the Vita and Vita 3D systems to determine a range of tooth colour and we customise shades to match patients teeth as accurately as possible. Photos and diagrams are produced to replicate the same shade variations within the individual teeth.