CROWNS AND VENEERS SINGAPORE

WHAT ARE CROWNS AND VENEERS?

Crowns are tooth-shaped ‘caps’ placed over natural teeth to cover all surfaces of the tooth and restore the tooth’s shape and size. 

Veneers are really thin pieces of porcelain or dental resin that is glued onto your existing tooth structure. Unlike crowns, veneers usually only cover the front surface of the tooth. They are done to improve the appearance of the tooth. 

Most veneer patients are encouraged to wear a nightguard to protect their veneers when they sleep – this is especially so if you grind or clench your teeth at night, as veneers tend to chip more easily.

WHO NEEDS CROWNS AND VENEERS?

Sometimes our tooth structure gets weakened by decay or is chipped. In this situation, you will need a crown to protect the remaining tooth structure. Other instances you may need a dental crown include: 

  • Preventing a weak or cracked tooth from breaking
  • Covering and protecting a tooth that consists of mainly filling 
  • Holding a dental bridge in place
  • Covering a discoloured or misshapen tooth 
  • Covering a tooth treated by root canal treatment 
  • Covering a dental implant 

Dental veneers can be used to correct: 

  • Discoloured teeth
  • Chipped teeth 
  • Gapped teeth

Between the two, a crown enhances aesthetics and gives more strength. Veneers are usually only done for aesthetic reasons. 

Dental Crowns

WHY DO CROWNS AND VENEERS?

You can also do crowns and/or veneers on your front teeth to change the shape and colour and unevenness of the teeth if you think your teeth are too yellow or are not symmetrical! Sometimes the shape of the teeth do not match the shape of your face too. In which case, crowns and/or veneers on the front teeth to match your facial features can really enhance your smile!

HOW ARE CROWNS AND VENEERS DONE?

If a crown is the best option for you, we will trim away the outer part of your tooth to make space for the zirconia or porcelain. We then take a mould of the remaining tooth structure. A plaster cast is poured from this negative impression and we then send a replica of your prepped tooth to the lab to fabricate the crown. A temporary crown is placed on the newly trimmed tooth while waiting for the lab to finish the crown. The permanent crown is fabricated in the lab and is cemented onto the prepped tooth a day to 2 weeks later.

If we decide that veneers are a better option for you, we will file away a little bit of your tooth structure on the front tooth surface. We file away a lot less tooth structure compared to a crown. We then make a mould of your tooth and send the information to the lab. Temporary veneers are given so you can “try” on these veneers to see if you like the shape and the way they feel! The final porcelain veneers are then glued on to your teeth permanently a few weeks later.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY CROWNS AND VENEERS?

Adopt good hygiene habits

This includes regular flossing and gentle brushing. Make sure to also visit your dentist regularly for professional cleaning and to ensure your crowns and veneers are still in good condition! 

Use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste

Hard-bristled toothbrushes can damage the polish of your crowns and veneers, so make sure you use a soft toothbrush when you brush your teeth. Likewise, stay away from abrasive toothpaste that contains large particles. If you need recommendations, our dentists are happy to help. 

Avoid chewing on hard objects 

Even though crowns and veneers are highly durable, you should still avoid biting on hard objects such as nuts, crab shells, ice and even your fingernails as this extra pressure can cause your crowns or veneers to be chipped or damaged. 

Avoid food and drinks that stain your teeth 

Crowns and veneers are stain resistant; however, the adhesive used to bond them to your teeth is not. As such, this can cause the edges of your crowns and/or veneers to become discoloured. Staining agents include coffee, tea, and red wine. 

HOW LONG DO CROWNS AND VENEERS LAST?

With proper care and maintenance, crowns and veneers can last anywhere from 5-15 years. 

CONTACT US

We look forward to answering any questions you may have in your pursuit of health, beauty and mind. Feel free to drop us a message right here.
International Building (Next to Lido)
360 Orchard Road #03-06/07
Singapore 238869

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    International Building (Next to Lido)
    360 Orchard Road #03-06/07
    Singapore 238869
    Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm
    Sat: 9am to 1pm
    Closed on Sun & PH
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