Veneers vs. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are used in adults and children for various dental problems. Dental crowns are a “cap” or a tooth-shaped structure placed over a damaged or decayed tooth in order to restore its strength, appearance, size, and shape.
There are many instances where a dentist will recommend getting a dental crown for your cosmetic imperfections:
|When a tooth is broken or severely worn down
|To hold and support a dental bridge
|As a restorative option and placement above the dental implant
|To support a tooth with a large filling and not enough left
|To restore or protect a cracked or weak tooth
|To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
Dental crowns are cemented in place and cover an entire tooth portion that lies above the gum line.
Different materials are used to make temporary or permanent crowns.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated and a temporary solution to cover and protect a tooth, while a permanent crown is sent for crafting.
Metal crowns such as gold or platinum are used for out-of-sight teeth like molars at the back of the mouth. These crowns are stronger and withstand great biting and chewing forces.
Ceramic or Porcelain Crowns
Ceramic or porcelain crowns are the most favorable crown materials as they provide a more natural-looking appearance than other crown materials. However, they are less durable and long-lasting than metal or steel crowns.
Benefits of Ceramic Crowns
Ceramic crowns are cosmetically superior as compared to other dental crown materials. Dentists can curate ceramic crowns according to an individual’s natural teeth color and appearance. They have protective qualities that don’t lead to allergies and protect teeth from further damage or decay.
Same Day Crowns
Same-day crowns are prepared and fixed in a single appointment. The custom-made dental crown immediately restores the function of a damaged tooth immediately or protects a tooth from any impending injury resulting from temporary crowns. Ceramic crowns are most commonly used as same-day crowns.
Dental veneers improve the appearance of your smile, but they are not intended to provide strength to your teeth or repair them. It is a cosmetic treatment, meaning dental veneers cover just the front of a damaged tooth and enhance its appearance. Dental veneers are high-quality, custom-made shells that conceal teeth imperfections like stains, cracks, and chips. Several types of veneers are available, including porcelain veneers, composite veneers, and removable and no-prep veneers.
Veneers vs. Dental Crowns: Advantages and Disadvantages
Veneers and dental crowns come with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. Veneers are more expensive than crowns, and their procurement cost may not be covered under most dental insurance plans.
Veneers are only used to restore the cosmetic appearance of a tooth and don’t support, strengthen or repair a decayed or damaged tooth. In comparison, a dental crown holds a cracked tooth in place and acts as a restorative procedure.
At Dental Arts of Frederick, our dental professionals Kevin Oakes DDS and Dr. Kevin Oakes ensure that they provide proper guidance regarding both procedures and decide what is the best course of action for your dental problems. Call us at 301-732-7277 to schedule an appointment with us.