Choosing Dental Veneers or Crowns

With so many different dental procedures, it’s hard to know which one is best when experiencing dental problems. Certain people may need a procedure that is aimed towards restoring a damaged tooth, while others may seek something that restores their appearance.

Dental veneers and dental crowns are two different methods of treatment. They have a similar end goal, but the process and how they do it differ greatly. Today we will go over the differences in each and determine what is right for you. Knowing which is the right choice can be beneficial when consulting with the dentist.

Dental veneers

Dental veneers are made of porcelain and hold a color similar to that of the natural tooth color. They are used mainly for the purpose of restoring a tooth’s natural shape and size. Occasionally, they are used to replace a tooth’s color. For example, if a tooth is very stained and unrepairable, a dentist may recommend a veneer to take place of the natural tooth.

Dental veneers do not stain which is a great benefit for those who can’t put down the wine or coffee! The density of veneers differs from that of dental crowns. They do not offer as much durability and can often be dislodged from the mouth. They are a brittle material, making them susceptible to forceful damage.

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are used for several reasons, not just in restoring appearance. If a patient presents with decay or erosion, dental crowns are typically recommended. A cavity that is too large to be filled will also have the need for a dental crown. A dental crown may also be recommended if a tooth is severely rotten with brown or black colors. Placing a crown over it will be more appealing to the eye while also putting the rotting to a halt.

A dental crown acts as a cap that is placed directly on top of the existing damaged tooth. The crown then shields against any further damage. With a dental crown, the patient is less likely to experience further decay or erosion from this area of the mouth, so long as proper care is maintained.

While veneers are only offered in porcelain, dental crowns can be made from a metal material or porcelain — depending on the patient’s desires. Dental crowns are durable and almost never need to be repaired or restored further. They can withstand chewing and biting while veneers are used for front teeth that don’t do much of that.

While dental veneers and dental crowns both have similar purposes, they are not aiming to do the same thing. They also are used for different kinds of teeth — the front versus molars in the back. It’s important to know what type of dental treatment a person needs to ensure that the best care is given to a patient.

If you have unanswered questions about dental crowns or dental veneers, then give our office a call today. We’re trained professionals hoping to help you in any way we can!

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