Veneers and crowns are both commonly made out of the same material–durable, natural-looking porcelain. However, crowns and veneers both entail different procedures, and they offer different results. Read on to learn more about each of these two options, and when each one is a good fit.
A dental crown is a custom made cap that fits over the existing tooth, completely covering it. There are different reasons why a dentist may decide that a dental crown is necessary. Crowns can cover and protect a weak tooth, serve as a replacement for a chipped or broken tooth, cover a filling, support a bridge, or simply to provide a cosmetic enhancement for a discolored or misshapen tooth. When a patient receives a dental crown, the process involves preparing and assessing the tooth, then taking X-rays, if needed, and molds of the tooth in order to inform the restoration. Once the crown has been created, the patient will come back and have the permanent crown cemented into place. The final result will be a natural looking tooth replacement.
Veneers are another alternative for tooth restoration. Veneers are incredibly thin shells of porcelain that are custom made to fit over the tooth. Also made from porcelain, they are strong and durable, and they have a natural look. Adhered to the surface of the tooth, veneers are more commonly used to address cosmetic issues like chips, misalignment, and discoloration. Installing veneers, the dentist will first remove a layer of the enamel from the tooth before the veneers can be permanently affixed to the teeth.