Dental crowns and veneers may seem very similar upon first inspection. They are both used to improve your smile and are placed over your existing teeth. However, there are some important differences that make crowns and veneers two distinct dental services.
What Are Crowns?
Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are tooth-shaped covers that are placed over a tooth that is damaged or decayed beyond repair. They are often made of ceramic, porcelain, or stainless steel, and come prefabricated or are made to order in a lab.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material that are custom made to fit over each individual tooth that needs correcting. They are often made of porcelain or composite resin and look completely natural. Your dentist bonds veneers to the surface of your teeth to alter color and shape if you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth. They also last a long time with proper care and are stain resistant.
Why Would You Need a Crown?
Crowns are often used when a filling is not enough to fix a problem. They may also be needed when your dentist needs to make a significant change to a tooth. They can fix a cracked or broken tooth, replace a large or damaged filling, restore a worn down tooth, cover a severely discolored tooth, strengthen a tooth after root canal treatment, or secure a dental bridge in place.
Why Would You Need Veneers?
Veneers are often used to fix cosmetic issues such as discolored, stained, cracked, chipped, misaligned, uneven, or spaced apart teeth. They are a great way to give yourself the Hollywood smile you’ve always dreamed of!
How Are Crowns and Veneers Placed?
The procedures of placing crowns and veneers are twofold. The first step is to prepare the tooth by shaving it down so that the veneer or crown can fit on top. For a crown, we have to shave the tooth down a little more than for the veneer so that we can place them snuggly. Then, we’ll take an impression of the tooth to send to a dental lab so they can make the crown or veneer. We’ll fit you with a temporary crown or veneer and then schedule an appointment to see you again when the permanent one arrives. Once they are in, we’ll remove the temporary crown or veneer and bond the permanent one to your tooth. We’ll examine your teeth to make sure everything looks good and send you on your way with a new and improved smile.
If you think you have tooth damage that may require a crown or veneer, call us today to make an appointment. At Palos Heights Family Dental, we’re dedicated to providing you with the best care and helping you achieve a smile of which you are proud!