Difference between Dental Crowns and Veneers

Porcelain Veneers and Dental Crowns are two of the most popular Cosmetic Dental treatments that are focused on restoring the beauty of your smile. Like most dental 4 cosmetic treatments, they provide advanced treatment options that help to solve your aesthetic dental issues but differ in terms of how they can help to achieve those goals. To help you make an informed decision as to which cosmetic procedure is more suitable to your individual needs, let’s take a closer look at these cosmetic innovations:

Dental Crowns: Strengthen the structural integrity of damaged teeth

The dental crown refers to a tooth-like cap that is laid over a repaired tooth to enhance its appearance, reinforce its structural strength and restore it back to its original size and shape. A dental crown typically covers the entire tooth that is visible above the gum line.

Made from different types of materials – including porcelain, ceramic, metals (mostly stainless steel or gold), composite resin, or a combination of these materials – they are usually prepared in a dental lab and cemented into position by a restorative dentist. A dental crown may be recommended if your tooth has: Cracked, chipped or broken off; requires a protective cover following a large cavity filling or root canal treatment, or you have opted for a single implant that requires a robust covering. In all the above cases, a dental crown can help to restore beauty and function back to your damaged tooth, whether it has been compromised by disease, injury or trauma.

Porcelain Veneers: Modern and quick way to achieve great looking teeth!

The other cosmetic dental method to restore the appearance of a tooth is through the use of porcelain veneers, thin laminate shells that are effectively placed over a tooth to mask or conceal any dental imperfections or flaws.

Made of dental porcelain or composite resin, Dental veneers are ultra thin covers that are commonly used to restore the outward appearance of a tooth. If your dental imperfection is purely an aesthetic problem, then dental veneers may provide a suitable solution to correct it. It’s important to note, however, that it does not in any way improve the functional aspects of your teeth and gums.

The customized laminate shells merely conceal the front surface of the tooth to hide flaws like discoloured, misshapen or misaligned teeth. Unlike dental crowns, they are not used for structural repair of teeth, therefore, patients with structural damage or an underlying issue – like decay or disease – could either opt for a dental crown or solve the underlying problems before going for veneers.

Veneers are also recommended for teeth that are visible to other people, as in your front teeth, that serve a bigger aesthetic role than the rest. Crowns, on the other hand, are recommended for molar teeth and those teeth that are used for extensive grinding and chewing. If you are considering veneers, your underlying teeth must be free from gum disease or decay. If you suffer from these issues, the dentist would recommend addressing them before applying veneers.

In a nutshell, Dental Crowns and Porcelain Veneers both make great aesthetic solutions – it all depends on what you need.

If you are interested to find out about our range of cosmetic treatments – including dental veneers and dental crowns, book an appointment with our Friendly Dentist in Molonglo Valley. Contact Molonglo Dental Surgery at 02 6287 1222.

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