Our dentist office offers dental crowns or porcelain veneers as an option for your treatment. Many people think that these two options are almost the same, but there are some key differences.
What are porcelain veneers and crowns used for?
Porcelain veneers can be used to cover up a range of different dental imperfections. This can include gaps in the teeth, chipped teeth, tooth misalignments, stains and other discoloration of the teeth.
On the other hand, crowns would normally be more beneficial in situations where the teeth are showing more serious signs of damage or decay.
They may be used in implant procedures, on bridges, or during root canal works. The use of crowns can also help to give the existing tooth extra strength and support, whilst protecting it from future harm.
How are porcelain veneers and crowns used?
Porcelain veneers will normally only cover up the visible portions of the tooth at the front, so that they present an aesthetically brilliant smile to the world. This is very different to crowns, which cover the whole remaining portion of the tooth.
The remains of the tooth will be filed down so that it acts like a type of peg which will anchor the crown. A crown is then put on over the tooth like a cap. This allows it to protect the remaining tooth from further decay or damage. This can help to prevent the patient from requiring more invasive surgery or extractions.
Dental crowns and veneers are both “made to order”, meaning that they will be completely unique to you. Your dentist will have them specially created so that they are a perfect fit for your mouth.
In addition to being the perfect fit, your dentist will make sure that they are color-tinted to perfectly match your surrounding teeth.
This will help you to achieve a completely natural look, so only you and your dentist need to know that you have had work done. Do you have bad breath even if you brush everyday? Is gum disease preventable?
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