Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers

At The Bay Dental Practice, our talented team of practitioners use custom restorations to improve the function or appearance of smiles.


Dental crowns can be both aesthetic and functional, whether attached to an implant or used to restore and protect a damaged natural tooth.
What are Dental Crowns?

What are Dental Crowns?

Crowns are tooth-shaped ‘caps’ that fit over all sides of a damaged tooth to protect, strengthen, and restore its appearance. We often use these restorations when tooth decay is too much for a regular filling or too damaged to be left unprotected.

Crowns can be made using several materials, including metal, porcelain, ceramics, or resin. Metallic crowns are the most durable and will last the longest; however, they do not match your smile. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be colour-matched to blend into your teeth, making them a more natural-looking option. Resin is an affordable crown material but can wear down easier than other materials.

When discussing your treatment, the dentist will recommend the crown material best suited to your needs.

Getting a Dental Crown from The Bay Dental Practice

Dental crowns usually take two visits from start to finish. On your first visit, we clean and prepare the tooth, shaping it to fit your future crown. Once shaped, we take a digital scan or physical impressions of your mouth, which generates a precise image of your teeth.

We send these impressions off to the dental laboratory with instructions, where they create a natural-looking crown that fits the prepared tooth and the dimensions of the surrounding teeth. While we wait for your bespoke crown, our team will supply you with a temporary crown.

On your second visit, we place the crown, checking the fit, bite, and appearance before we cement it into place.

Crowns are Also for Dental Implants

These caps aren’t only for covering natural teeth; implants are the replacement tooth for a single dental implant. Getting a crown for a dental implant is similar to getting one to cover a natural tooth. The dental laboratory creates a personalised crown built to our specifications, so it fits the dental implant and the treatment area dimensions accurately.


Complete your smile and replace missing teeth with a single-piece restoration that anchors onto surrounding teeth.
Dental Bridges

What are Dental Bridges?

Bridges are used when you have one or more missing teeth. A bridge is generally composed of a false tooth fused between crowns, which anchor onto neighbouring teeth to hold the bridge in place. These restorative appliances are cemented into place and are, therefore, not removable. Bridges are an excellent option if the teeth surrounding the gap are healthy enough to support the restoration.

Types of Bridges

There are a variety of bridges available, and the ones we recommend depend on your individual needs and preferences. There are four types of bridges available:

Getting a Bridge at The Bay Dental Practice

Once you advise which recommended treatment you would like, we will move forward with treatment.

Following an examination, we prepare any adjacent teeth, collect images of your mouth, and make a digital 3-D model of your teeth using our high-tech intraoral scanner. We send this information to the dental lab with specifications on colour, type of bridge, and other relevant details so they construct your natural-looking bridge with a virtually perfect fit. We will place a temporary bridge over your teeth until your permanent bridge is prepared.

When we receive your bespoke bridge, we will have you return to the practice, where we will test out your bridge’s fit, feel, and aesthetic before attaching it to your teeth.


Improve the appearance of your smile with custom-made veneers.
What are Dental Veneers?

What are Dental Veneers?

Generally used in cosmetic dentistry, veneers are thin facings that protect or improve the appearance of the front teeth. Often, patients with minor imperfections use these thin shells to elevate their smile aesthetic by enhancing the look of the shape, size, or colour of their teeth. Veneers can be used to address issues of discolouration, cracks, chips, small gaps, and more.

At The Bay Dental Practice, we offer our patients composite or porcelain veneers — both of which come in various shades, so you end up with a brilliant, beautiful smile.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are made of a mix of plastic and ceramic material that we apply to the tooth in layers, creating the shape by hand. After applying each layer, we harden the composite using a special ultraviolet (UV) light.

These veneers can be applied in one visit. We will use a specially-formulated acid to roughen your tooth surface, giving the adhesive and composite a better application surface. Once the dentist applies and shapes the composite layers, we polish the surface as a finishing touch.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory. They take more time than composite veneers.

The process starts by preparing your teeth by removing some of the enamel, making porcelain veneers an irreversible treatment. This preparation is to ensure a seamless, natural-looking result. We take digital scan or physical impressions for the dental laboratory and send them off. In the meantime, we place temporary veneers to protect your teeth while we wait for your custom veneers.

Once we receive your permanent veneers, we will have you return to the practice so we can attach them to the front surface of your teeth. We remove the temporary veneers and then clean your teeth. Just like with composite veneers, we rough up the surface of your teeth using an acid, then use a strong dental adhesive to attach the veneer.

You will have an entirely new and gorgeous smile at the end of your second appointment.

We Make the Smile of Your Dreams a Reality

Crowns, bridges, and veneers all play an important part in restoring teeth and smiles. We have them made to our prescription by a local dental laboratory, and the results speak for themselves. At The Bay Dental, you can count on our dentists and technicians working together for the best result, so your result is one you want to show off.