Both dental veneers and crowns can improve the appearance of your smile.
If you are concerned about the structure or appearance of one or more teeth, you may be wondering what type of dental treatment is right for you. Both dental veneers and crowns are effective options, but they perform different functions — read on to find out more about each of these options and which one suits your particular needs…
How do veneers and crowns differ?
A dental veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is designed to fit over the front surface of a tooth. A dental crown, on the other hand, is slightly thicker and made to cover the entire tooth. Crowns can be made from a number of materials, including porcelain and ceramic.
When you are choosing between dental veneers or a crown, you will need to consider what your particular needs are. Because dental veneers cover only the front surface of the teeth, they are considered a cosmetic treatment. Crowns, however, are a restorative treatment that can help to strengthen decayed and weakened teeth.
What does the dental veneer process involve?
If you choose to have dental veneers placed, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from each tooth before taking an impression. This impression will then be used to fabricate your veneers in a dental laboratory.
When your veneers are ready, your dentist will ensure that the colour, shape and size are all correct. Your teeth will then be cleaned and a special grinding tool will be used to form a rough texture on each tooth. The veneers will be placed and secured with dental cement, which is hardened with an ultraviolet light.
How are dental crowns placed?
If your dentist recommends that you have a dental crown placed in order to repair or restore a damaged tooth, you will need to schedule two appointments. When your dentist is ready to place your crown, they will administer an anaesthetic so that you don’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. Your tooth will be filed down and reshaped to make room for the crown, and your dentist will take an impression of your tooth so that your crown can be fabricated. A temporary crown will be placed while you wait for your new crown to be made.
When your permanent crown has been fabricated, your dentist will remove your temporary restoration and cement your new crown in place.
How do you choose the right treatment?
If you would like to conceal a cosmetic flaw, such as stains, discolouration, chips or unevenness, you are likely to benefit from dental veneers. Dental veneers are a highly effective cosmetic treatment and go a long way towards enhancing the overall appearance of one’s smile. If, on the other hand, you have a tooth that is badly worn or cracked, or you have been through root canal therapy and the structure of your tooth has been weakened, you will probably be better suited to a crown.
If you are not sure what type of treatment is most appropriate for you, the best starting point is to consult with your dentist. They will examine your teeth and discuss your needs with you before letting you know what course of action is advisable.
How can we help?
At Integra Dental, we offer both cosmetic and restorative dental services, including dental crowns and veneers. If you are dissatisfied with the condition and/or appearance of your teeth, we encourage you to come in and see us so that we can help you achieve better oral health, as well as a more beautiful smile.