Veneers vs Dental Crowns
Despite their superficial similarities, veneers and dental crowns are designed to cover distinct areas of the tooth and restore it to its natural shape. Dental crowns cover the whole tooth and are used to restore the shape and strength of a tooth, while veneers only cover the front face of a tooth and are mostly used for cosmetic purposes.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers, also known as dental veneers, are thin pieces of tooth-colored porcelain fabricated to cover the front side of your teeth. The goal here is to boost your aesthetic appeal.
The shells are attached to the teeth's front surfaces to alter their appearance in terms of shade, form, size, and even length.
Dental veneers can be produced from porcelain or a composite material; both have advantages and disadvantages.
Dental veneers are recommended to correct tooth discoloration issues due to:
||Root canal procedure
||Drug residues or tetracycline staining
||Too much fluoride
Additionally, veneers can be utilized to restore teeth that are severely corroded, badly shaped, improperly aligned, or have significant space between them.
In dentistry, a crown refers to a tooth-shaped cover cemented over a damaged tooth to restore its normal form, size and strength and enhance its aesthetics. When cemented, crowns cover the whole tooth surface above the gum tissue.
At your initial appointment at Queen Anne Family Dental, will prepare the tooth by shaving it from all sides. Doing so will remove the enamel from the teeth. Since enamel acts as a protective screen for teeth, damaged teeth will always require some restoration to ensure their continued health and well-being.
Before preparing the tooth for a dental crown, will look for signs of decay or damage to the pulp chamber. They may advise a root canal procedure to remove the pulp and prevent further tooth infection. Radiographs and other diagnostic imaging techniques help in this evaluation. To ensure that restoration blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth, will also make a record of your tooth color. When your tooth is ready, will take an impression of your tooth. A dental lab will use the impression to create the crown. As you wait for the permanent crown to be made, a temporary crown will be cemented over the prepared tooth.
If your tooth is broken, discolored, chipped, or decayed, or you have a particularly big filling, a ceramic crown will serve the same protective function as any other type of crown. A ceramic crown is your best option if you have a dental bridge or implant and need it to be stabilized or covered.
What Are Same-Day Crowns?
If you're looking for the most efficient option, same-day dental crowns should be your top choice. This way, you won't have to use a temporary crown and wait for the fabrication of a permanent one, which can take several weeks. There is also no need for repeated trips to the dentist. As a bonus, you'll experience more ease.
Call Us Today and Schedule Your Appointment!
Call our office at (206) 424-4450 if you need help picking between veneers and dental crowns. and at Queen Anne Family Dental can optimize your choice of restorative care.