Deciding between veneers and crowns has a lot to do with whether the problem is more about function or the appearance of your teeth, or both. ing The most important factors are the condition of the tooth, its thickness, and the area that needs to be covered. Which is going to be best for you to improve your smile?
Benefits Of Veneers
A veneer is a wafer thin piece of porcelain that is bonded to the front of an existing tooth. It is color matched to existing teeth and is less invasive than a crown.
It is less invasive because the preparation leaves more of the tooth or teeth intact, and it looks and feels natural.
Veneers are a good choice if you have a chipped, broken, discolored, or a smaller than average tooth. Other physical flaws like gaps, dark stains, irregularly shaped teeth, chipped, and unevenly spaced teeth would benefit from a veneer.
A digital scan or mold is taken of the tooth to create the veneer. It is then bonded to the tooth and cured under an ultraviolet light.
It is less expensive than a crown.
Cons Of Veneers
It is not recommended for those who have gum issues or who grind their teeth.
Veneers may not be covered by insurance.
Benefits Of A Crown
A crown is made to cover the entire tooth. They can be made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, and ceramic or porcelain which produce the most natural color.
A crown is best utilized for the following issues:
- Broken teeth
- Weak teeth to protect from decay or damage
- Missing teeth
- To restore cracked or worn teeth
- To protect a damaged tooth from decay, infection, or injury to the pulp
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover a discolored tooth
Some patients may need a root canal prior to a crown.
Manhattan Dental Arts files down the tooth so the crown fits completely over the tooth. Patient wears a temporary crown and within 2 weeks the new crown is inserted.
Crowns improve the function of teeth that are badly damaged. They also help with appearance, but they can also provide protection to teeth.
Cons Of A Crown
A crown is a bit more expensive than a veneer.
A porcelain crown fused over metal can show the metal at the edges and the porcelain can chip.
Gums respond better to a veneer than to crowns.
More of the original tooth structure is removed.
Both Veneers And Crowns
Both will give you a better smile and improve your self-esteem, but both require good oral hygiene to last.
Contact Manhattan Dental Arts at (212) 247-2330 if you would like an evaluation for veneers or a crown.