Veneers vs. Crowns
- Posted on: Jun 27 2012
Porcelain veneers and dental crowns are both restorations that can improve the appearance of your teeth, however they are very different in structure and generally in purpose.
Porcelain veneers are intended to be primarily cosmetic restorations, so they are just thin pieces of ceramic that are bonded to the front and sometimes top of your teeth to give them a new appearance.
Dental crowns are intended to restore, protect, and strengthen teeth, so they are designed to fully encase the portion of the teeth above the gum line.
Porcelain veneers are commonly used to correct dental complaints like discolored teeth, chipped teeth, gapped teeth, and crooked teeth. Dental crowns, on the other hand, are more often used to fix serious damage to teeth, such as cracked teeth that are no longer stable, teeth with a great deal of decay or failed fillings, and to protect a tooth after a root canal.
Sometimes porcelain veneers and dental crowns are used together, as in instant orthodontics when it might be necessary to use a dental crown to fix a tooth that is so out of position it requires extensive reshaping to reorient it.
If you have more questions about either of these dental procedures, please contact Lindsey Marshall, DMD today for an appointment at our Philadelphia-area office.