Dental crowns and porcelain veneers are popular treatments in dentistry. They have many similarities, but there are several differences between them. Depending on your situation, you can be a candidate for one or both procedures. Here’s what you need to know to make the right investment for your smile.
Dental Crowns VS. Porcelain Veneers
A dental crown is most commonly used in restorative dentistry, but it also offers aesthetic benefits, thanks to all-ceramic materials. A crown is a customized cap that covers the entire surface of a tooth above the gum line. Your tooth must be reshaped to allow a crown to fit over it.
A veneer is a less invasive restoration because it only covers the front side of a tooth. Only the front surface of your tooth is etched, instead of completely altering its shape. Veneers are generally used for cosmetic reasons, but they can provide some restorative benefits, like treating a chipped tooth.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are made of all-ceramic materials to look like real teeth. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they are also durable. A crown can last for 5 to 15 years before needing to be replaced, depending on your aftercare routine. Typically, crowns are recommended for:
- Large Areas of Decay
- Breaks or Fractures
- A Weakened Tooth
- After a Root Canal
- Supporting a Dental Bridge
- An Abnormally Shaped Tooth
Although crowns can treat many issues, bonding them to several teeth can make your smile look bulky. Instead, your dentist will discuss alternative options, like veneers.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
A veneer is bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve its color, size, and shape. When bonded to the teeth that show you smile, veneers can correct many issues simultaneously, including:
- Stains and Discoloration
- Chips or Cracks
- Short Teeth
- Gaps Between Teeth
Veneers are thinner than ever before, so less enamel is removed during the bonding process. With the right care, veneers can last for a decade or longer.
Your dentist will examine your mouth and learn more about your goals to determine which procedure is right for you. They’ll create a personalized strategy to help you achieve a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile to be proud of.
About Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury
Dr. Stansbury has over 44 years of experience creating healthy, beautiful smiles. He earned his dental degree at Baylor College of Dentistry and has committed to continuing his education in various specialties, like Six Month Smiles, dental sedation, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Stansbury is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call (903) 508-4207.