Porcelain Crowns & Veneers: What You Should Know

Dental Health
By: Spirit Dental
September 27, 2017

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Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile because of the condition of your teeth? Well, thanks to modern cosmetic dentistry, you don’t have to be anymore!

Both porcelain crowns and veneers are designed to give you a perfect, attractive smile. Check out the information below to learn more about what these options are and what they have to offer.

Option #1: Porcelain Crowns

What is a porcelain crown?

A porcelain crown is meant to replace the enamel of a tooth. It will cover the whole external surface of the tooth, so it will go right down to your gum line, giving it a natural appearance. It doesn’t matter whether you have a lot of your original tooth left or just a little, as the crown will make it appear as though you have a full tooth again, and it will function just like a natural tooth too.

When is a porcelain crown recommended?

Your dentist might recommend a porcelain crown for a tooth that has decayed or has become damaged through trauma. If your teeth have become worn as a result of erosion or teeth grinding, porcelain crowns can also do the trick when it comes to making them look whole again. Plus, beyond restoring the structure of your teeth, porcelain crowns can also be a good choice if you don’t like the natural shape of your teeth or if they are severely discolored.

What can you expect when getting porcelain crowns?

If you’ve decided that you’re ready to get a porcelain crown, your dentist will split the procedure up into two sessions. During the first appointment, he or she will remove your tooth’s enamel until it is just right for the crown that will be slipped on. After taking impressions of your tooth, a lab will create the crown, but in the meantime, your dentist will put a temporary crown on your tooth. Then you’ll go back for another appointment once the crown arrives. Your dentist will ensure the proper fit before securing the crown onto the tooth. Done and done!

Option #2: Veneers

What are veneers?

Another hugely popular option when it comes to tooth restoration is porcelain laminate veneers, which are made of ceramic layers and are surprisingly thin. These are also used to replace lost enamel, but rather than sitting over the existing tooth structure that remains like a crown would, a veneer will only adhere to the surface of a tooth.

When is a porcelain veneer recommended?

Your dentist may suggest using veneers to restore the contour, shape, or color of your teeth. Also, if your teeth are fractured or poorly positioned, a veneer might help. Even minor bite problems might be resolved with the use of veneers.

What can you expect when getting veneers?

Like porcelain crowns, the placement of veneers will require two appointments with your dentist. During the first session, the goal will be to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of enamel (usually under 1 mm) so that the veneer can be placed onto the surface of the tooth. After preparing the tooth, your dentist will also take an impression and send it to a lab in order to get the ideal veneer, which will then be placed on the tooth at your second appointment.

Your Perfect Smile Is a Couple of Dental Appointments Away!

Although there are a few similarities and differences between porcelain crowns and veneers, they’re both designed to restore the beauty and function of your teeth. Your dentist will help you determine which option is the right one for your needs, and the decision could be based upon your expectations for the appearance of your teeth, as well as how much of a tooth’s structure is still available to work with.

Whether you’re dealing with embarrassing tooth decay or damage, unattractive spaces between your chompers, crooked teeth, or deep stains, porcelain crowns and veneers might help. So what are you waiting for? All you have to do is talk to your dentist to get the stunning, confident smile that you want!


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