Two of the most common restorative dental treatments available are porcelain crowns and veneers. When discussing your treatment options with your dentist, it’s helpful for you to understand the basic differences between the two.
What Are Porcelain Crowns?
Dental crowns are like caps for the teeth. They are shaped like a regular tooth and sit over the existing tooth. Crowns are used to present a healthier appearance to the tooth, but they also offer some health benefits to the tooth. Porcelain refers to the material that the crown is made out of. Porcelain is very similar to organic tooth material, and the similarity in appearance ensures a natural looking smile.
How Are Porcelain Crowns Installed?
First, the tooth is repaired as far as decay or damage. Your dentist may have to drill out existing decay, then build the tooth back up for it to be the right shape and size to support the crown. The sides of the tooth are filed down slightly to make room for the crown to fit over the tooth on all sides. Next, the dentist will make a mold of the tooth to ensure the correct shape of the crown. Finally, after the porcelain crown has been created in a dental lab, the crown will be permanently adhered to your tooth using dental cement.
What Are The Benefits of Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain crowns are ideal for persons with only one or two bad teeth. The porcelain color can be made to blend in with abutting teeth so others will not easily be able to tell there is a crown in place. Porcelain crowns are good for a tooth that is broken, weakened from decay, or when there is not enough tooth left. Porcelain crowns can also be used to camouflage a small group of discolored or misshapen teeth.
What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers are paper thin pieces of porcelain that are applied only to the front of the teeth. Veneers only cover the front of the teeth, unlike crowns, which surround the teeth. Veneers are custom tinted to match existing teeth or to whiten the appearance of discolored teeth.
How Are Veneers Installed?
The surface of the teeth must be sanded a bit so that the adhesive can better stick to the tooth. To achieve this, your dentist will sand down only about ½ of a millimeter from the surface of the teeth. This procedure also ensures that the thickness of the teeth will remain the same after the veneer is applied. As with crowns, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth so that the veneers closely match the size of existing teeth. The dentist will examine the veneers when they come back from the dental lab to ensure a correct color, size, and fit. After the teeth are prepared, the veneers are permanently installed using dental grade cement.
What Are The Benefits of Veneers?
Veneers are an excellent option for severely discolored teeth, teeth that are worn or chipped, teeth with multiple gaps or that are loosely spaced, and teeth that are misshapen.
Although your dentist in Toms River will be more than happy to explain these two treatments to you in detail, some familiarity beforehand will aid you in understanding exactly what they each are, as well as the benefits of one over the other. If you’d like to discuss porcelain crowns or veneers with your dentist at Chianese Dental, please contact us today!