Before any surgery, whether it’s elective or mandatory for your health, it’s important to thoroughly research the benefits, recovery, and process of the procedure. When it comes to crowns and veneers, there is a great deal of overlap. So how should you decide whether crowns or veneers are the right choice?
What Are Crowns?
Dental crowns are thin coverings that can be made of ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, gold alloy, or base metal alloy. They are made to fit over the entire tooth. This way, the tooth is protected from damage, and extant damage is also hidden. One of our expert dentists can also match crowns with the appearance of the rest of the tooth, creating a seamless smile. Crowns require a simple local anesthetic, and the process is normally completed in two visits. Once dental crowns are placed, they generally last five to fifteen years.
What Are Veneers?
Unlike crowns, which completely cover damaged teeth, veneers are fitted over the surface of the tooth to cover chipped, broken, or discolored teeth. Veneers can also be used for other cosmetic improvements, such as addressing gaps in the teeth or providing a more uniform smile. We offer both traditional porcelain veneers and DURAthin porcelain veneers. Like crowns, veneers can be cemented to the tooth in as few as two visits to a dentist. Veneers generally last about ten years before they need to be replaced.
Which is the Right Choice?
There is a great deal of nuance that goes into choosing between veneers and crowns. Veneers are typically used to improve the shape or color of teeth, as well as spacing issues. Veneers are also generally more customizable, allowing patients to change the appearance of their teeth while still leaving natural tooth structure. Crowns, on the other hand, are often required for teeth that have been damaged by cavities or breaks, to cover dental implants, or to hold dental bridges in place.
Seeking Professional Advice
Determining whether someone with damaged teeth needs crowns or veneers can be difficult without formal training. This is why we recommend that a professional like Dr. White, or any of our staff at Denver Dentistry, consider the situation and advise on which procedure is best for the given situation.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that nearly half of Americans aren’t happy with their smile. For those who are seeking modifications to the most important part of their appearance, veneers or crowns may offer a solution. For more information about making the decision or financing the procedure, contact us online or call Denver Dentistry at 303.988.6118 to learn more!