Veneers vs. Dental Crowns
Cracked, chipped, discolored, or decayed teeth can be frustrating and interfere with your confidence. The good news is you can conceal these deformities with dental crowns and veneers. These two options are similar in appearance but have some major differences. For instance, the veneer only covers the front surface of the teeth, while dental crowns cover the whole tooth structure. Our dentists at Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS can help you understand the pros and cons of each option.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are tooth caps that cover the entire surface of your teeth. They help to restore the appearance, size, and shape of your teeth. There are multiple dental crowns available such as ceramic, porcelain, and same day crowns, among others. Our dentists will discuss the benefits of ceramic crowns. They are long-lasting options, mimic the look of your teeth, require minimal maintenance, and are not susceptible to cracking.
Placing dental crowns starts with an examination and x-rays to check the extent of damage to your teeth. The surgical procedure requires numbing your teeth to ensure you are comfortable. The teeth that need placement of the crown are reshaped and filed down. An impression of your teeth is then made and sent to the laboratory to prepare the crowns. During your next visit, the temporary crown will be removed and replaced with the permanent one.
What is a Dental Veneer?
Dental veneers are thin shells of a tooth. They are mostly made of porcelain and come with colored materials to enhance the appearance of your teeth. These shells are cemented on the front part of the teeth and change the length, size, shape, and color of your teeth. Veneers are recommended for mild tooth problems such as broken, chipped, misaligned, or worn-down teeth.
Placement of the Dental Veneers
The process of placing the dental veneers is easy and fast. Our dentists examine your teeth to ensure the veneers are right for your dental issue. The tooth surface requires reshaping to ensure proper placement of the veneer. Impressions of your teeth are then made and sent to the laboratory. Before preparing the final veneers, temporary ones can be used to protect your teeth. The tooth is etched, polished, and cleaned during the final placement. Next, the custom veneer is attached using a special cement.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns and Dental Veneers?
Placing dental crowns helps solve various dental issues, such as tooth decay. These options are the best for severely damaged teeth. Since they mimic the look of your other teeth, you can enjoy a more natural look. Materials such as ceramic are long-lasting options. Dental veneers, on the other hand, offer a natural appearance to your teeth. Porcelain materials are also not susceptible to staining.
Dental veneers and crowns are great options for correcting weaknesses in your teeth. Ensure you visit us at Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS or call us at (315) 800-5020 and let us help you make an informed dental decision.