Porcelain veneers vs. dental crowns. These two popular dental restorations can resolve many of the same dental issues, so how do you decide which option will work best in your particular situation?
Fortunately, you don’t have to make this decision alone. Fort Worth dentist Dr. Nikki Green will work with you, discus your specific needs and concerns, and provide her dental expertise to help you better understand what both of these restorations can and cannot do.
The first step to making your decision is understanding what both of these restorations are and how they work.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is bonded to the front of the tooth (or teeth) that you are looking to fix. Placing veneers requires the removal of a small amount of your enamel so that the veneers fit properly and look natural without altering your bite.
Dental crowns are also a type of porcelain shell, but they are designed to fit over most of your tooth, which allows them to fix a number of functionality issues as well as cosmetic ones. To place a crown, Dr. Green will need to shape your tooth so that the crown can fit over it and sit naturally among your other teeth.
If you still aren’t sure of the porcelain veneers vs. dental crowns answer, it might help to consider the different situations that each restoration is designed to resolve.
Porcelain veneers are primarily a good option for cosmetic restorations that don’t affect the functionality of your teeth. This includes issues like stain-resistant discolorations, minor chips and cracks, damage to the enamel, minor misalignments, and short, eroded, or widely spaced teeth.
Dental crowns can fix all of these problems, but are also an effective option when the functionality of your tooth has been compromised. For instance, a tooth that has broken or cracked due to trauma or decay can be repaired by a crown but not by a veneer. Crowns are also useful for building up teeth that are causing problems with your bite and for supporting and protecting a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
Both porcelain veneers and dental crowns are a lifelong commitment, so it’s important to consider your options carefully. Once your tooth has been prepped for one of these restorations, you will need to keep the restoration in place to protect your tooth.
The lifespan of your restorations will depend greatly on your dedication to dental hygiene and regular visits at our Fort Worth dental office. Both veneers and crowns are made of stain-resistant porcelain, but without proper care, the porcelain can still become discolored, and restorations cannot be bleached like natural teeth can. You should also use caution when eating to avoid biting down on hard substances like cherry pits. Habits like chewing nails or pencils could also damage your restoration.
If your restoration becomes damaged, call our office immediately for an evaluation.
If you need more assistance determining your answer to the porcelain veneers vs. dental crowns question, please call Ft. Worth Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Nikki Green.