There are several reasons why one may be looking to restorative dentistry treatments on the front teeth. From being unhappy with your teeth' general appearance to having extensive damage that requires repair, it can be a difficult decision to make. Both options provide a brighter, whiter smile, but both treatments have their own unique benefits.
Learn more about the difference between these two restorative dentistry treatments and discover which is the right choice for your restoration needs with Elite Dental & Denture PC.
Crowns Vs. Veneers
Dental crowns and veneers are two types of dental restorations that can improve your teeth' cosmetic appearance and function. The primary difference between these two treatments is that a dental crown covers the entire tooth, while veneers only cover the front surface.
Dentists can apply both dental crowns and veneers to any tooth, including those exposed when you smile.
Dental Crown Restoration
Dental crowns are designed to fit over existing teeth or dental implants. A dental crown can entirely restore the cosmetic appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth. Additionally, a crown can protect and add stability to a tooth that has suffered extensive damage. Dental crowns are custom-made to match the rest of your teeth in both color and appearance.
The Dental Crown Process
Crowns require preparation to the underlying tooth, including filing down the tooth enamel to make room for the crown. An impression of the trimmed tooth and surrounding teeth will then be sent to a laboratory specializing in creating dental crowns. Once your crown is ready, your dentist will firmly cement the crown in place, and your smile will be restored.
Dental veneers are an incredibly thin covering that is adhered to the front surface of your teeth. Dental veneers create a whiter, more even smile that looks and feels natural. Veneers may be recommended if one of your front teeth has suffered extensive damage, including if the tooth is chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller than average. A single veneer can be used to cover a broken or chipped tooth, or you may decide to get six to eight veneers to create an even, symmetrical look.
The Dental Veneer Process
X-rays are typically required before getting dental veneers. Dentists must also prepare the teeth for the veneers. Approximately half a millimeter of tooth enamel will be removed from the surface of each tooth. An impression is then taken and sent to a dental laboratory. Once the veneers have been delivered to the office, each dental veneer will be attached to each tooth's surface by using a particular type of dental cement.
Other Cosmetic Dentistry Options
If your tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. Left untreated, a damaged tooth can become infected, possibly causing you to end up losing the tooth. Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth will depend on how severely the tooth is damaged. If only a small piece of enamel is broken off, the repair can typically be done in a single visit with dental bonding. A tooth that is severely damaged may require a more lengthy and costly procedure to restore your smile.
Discuss Your Options With a Trusted Dental Provider
If you are unsure which dental restoration treatment is the best solution for repairing damage to your front teeth, Elite Dental & Denture PC can help! After examining the damaged tooth, we can better recommend a treatment option. A tooth must be strong enough to support veneers, which means that if you have a serious cosmetic issue, a crown may be the better choice.
Contact Elite Dental & Denture PC today to schedule a consultation appointment where we can help you choose the best restoration treatment for your smile.