Veneers vs Dental Crowns
Veneers and dental crowns are tooth restoration methods that help improve the appearance and function of your teeth. Dental crowns tend to cover the whole part of the damaged tooth, while veneers only cover the front part of the tooth. You need to visit our dentists at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence, who will help you decide what type of dental crowns or veneers are good for your dental health.
Main Differences Between a Dental Crown and Veneer
A dental crown is made of porcelain, metal-alloy, or ceramic, and measures 2 mm in thickness. When placing dental crowns, our dentists ensure they cover your whole tooth. They help conceal any deformities on your tooth, such as chipped, discolored, or decayed teeth. Veneers, on the other hand, are a thin layer of material, 1 mm in thickness, and are placed on the front of the tooth. They can also hide any problems with your teeth, such as decay, discoloration, or crookedness. These options are not invasive, as our dentists will leave most of your original tooth untouched.
Placing Dental Crowns vs. Veneers
Placing dental crowns is a surgical procedure that might take several visits. Our dentist will start by checking the nature of your tooth and advising on the type of dental crown options available such as porcelain, gold, resin, ceramic, and same-day crowns. It is important to understand the pros and cons of the crowns you select. There are many benefits of ceramic crowns. They are long-lasting solutions, not vulnerable to damage, and require low maintenance.
The dentist will produce an impression of the damaged tooth by scanning it using a mold. The impression is sent to the lab to produce a custom crown. Our dentist may place a temporary dental crown on the filed-down tooth. It helps protect the tooth until the final crown is ready. Once your permanent crown is prepared, our dentists will remove the temporary one and place it. Dental crowns must be cemented on your teeth to ensure perfect adherence.
Placing a veneer starts with making an impression of your tooth, then sending it to the lab for preparation. Your teeth are trimmed to ensure the veneer adheres perfectly to them. Our dentist can place a temporary one before the permanent one is ready. Once the final veneer is prepared, it is placed on the tooth and adhered to with cement. An ultraviolet lamp is necessary to harden it on your tooth.
Pros of Dental Crowns and Veneers
Pros of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns cover the entire tooth, thus offering better protection and preventing future decay. The crowns are also fabricated to camouflage your natural teeth, giving them a natural look. They are permanent solutions for your tooth when placed by our trained dentists.
Pros of Veneers
Placing veneers is less invasive and will require minimal trimming of your natural tooth. When perfectly placed, they have minimal movement. Visit us at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence and let our experts help you decide which option is right for you. You can also reach us at (336) 444-2772 to book your next appointment.