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In dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect a damage to a tooth's surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by adental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement such as Panavia. In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated.
Zirconium is becoming one of the most chosen materials for dental crowns. Its many advantages include:
Can withstand wear and tear
Translucent enough to be similar to natural teeth
Less tooth removal
No Metal fuse
Modifiable size, shape and color
A dental implant (also known as anendosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as anorthodontic anchor. Most implants connect with other components in order to function. A common component is an abutment which can provide the connection to a dental prosthesis.
Modern dental implants can fuse with bone through a biologic process called osseointegration. Materials such as titanium, and some ceramics form this bone integration instead of causing a foreign body reaction as found with most other materials. Prior to the discovery ofosseointegration, various non-titanium implants were placed in the jawbones (or the periosteumsurrounding them) but had high complication rates due to foreign body reactions
Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge
Every way you look at it, tooth restoration with dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.
- Esthetic: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
- Tooth-saving: Tooth implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
- Confidence: Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
- Reliable: Although there is a small chance of dental implant failure even if the treatment had been carried out with the utmost care, the success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
Composite "white" fillings
Dental composite bonding is a popular choice for fillings because the material can match the shade, translucency and even the texture of your own natural teeth and provides a much better result than old amalgam/silver fillings, which can be unsightly when you smile. Cosmetic dentists often replace old metal fillings with tooth-coloured composite.
Filling dental cavities - "white fillings"
Replacing metal or amalgam fillings
Repairing broken and chipped teeth
Closing gaps between teeth (diastamas)
Smile makeovers - composite veneers (although porcelain veneers are the better option for this)
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.