How are crowns different than veneers for Farragut area patients?
Dental crowns are commonly used in general dentistry, and are utilized in cosmetic dental treatments as well. They play a vital part in dentistry, allowing patients to cover, protect, and restore their smile. Patients in the Farragut community may visit the team at Sequoyah Dental Arts in Knoxville, TN with questions about this restoration. One question often asked is, “What is the difference between a dental crown and a veneer”?
Dental crowns and veneers have many similarities. They can be used to disguise imperfections of a tooth, and are fabricated from high quality porcelain. They are bonded onto a tooth to make a cosmetic change. They are strong, can last several decades with proper care, and they are made to match the color and shape of the existing teeth to blend in seamlessly with the dental arch. That is where the similarities end.
Crowns require the removal of almost all of the tooth enamel for placement. They are extremely thick and cover the entire tooth-front, back, and top. Veneers may require the removal of some enamel, but not much. They are bonded over the front of the tooth, and do not cover all sides. Veneers are extremely thin, and may be more susceptible to breakage than a crown. Because of this, patients are encouraged to take good care of their veneers and avoid chewing or biting on hard food or objects.
Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts offers both porcelain veneers and dental crowns in his practice. He can consult with patients to determine which one is the best solution for their unique situations. Patients who are looking for a restoration that can protect a tooth or restore a dental implant may be a better candidate for a dental crown, while patients who want to disguise imperfections and are seeking a conservative cosmetic solution may fare better with the placement of a porcelain veneer. The team at our practice is happy to educate patients on the pros and cons of each restoration and help patients make a knowledgeable decision about which to choose for the improvement of their smiles.