Veneer vs Crowns

So you have a broken tooth, a discolored or a damaged one and you have been given an option of choosing between a veneer and a crown. You are now left wondering what a veneer or a crown is and which one is better for me? Well guess what? You have landed at the right place. We hope to give you as much clarity as is possible in a short blog about veneers and crowns. This should definitely help you take an informed decision about which option is more suitable for you.

What are Veneers?

Veneer is a dental restoration process that covers the front of the tooth. Veneer is a wafer thin layer of material that is bonded to the front of your teeth by your dentist. This is done to restore the function and look of the teeth. Dental veneers match the natural color of your teeth. They are generally made up of porcelain. But they can also be made up of ceramics and other composite materials.

What are Crowns?

Crowns are also used for dental restoration but the main difference between a veneer and a crown is that while veneer only covers the front of the tooth a crown covers the complete visible portion of the teeth. They are like caps for your teeth. They can be made from resin, ceramic, porcelain, metal or composite materials.

When are veneers the best option?

Veneers are generally used when –

  1. Teeth are unevenly spaced.
  2. Teeth are chipped or broken.
  3. Teeth are zig zag shaped.
  4. Teeth have gotten discolored or are stained.

When are crowns the best option?

Crowns are advised in case of –

  1. A tooth that is cracked or broken or worn down.
  2. A tooth has become weak and needs protection from further damage.
  3. A tooth is severely damaged and needs to be covered.
  4. A discolored tooth
  5. To hold a dental bridge properly in its place.

What is the procedure to get a veneer?

Typically the process of getting a veneer involves several steps and can take more than a couple of weeks. Firstly your dentist will refer you to a prosthodontist who take X-rays and make a mould of your tooth. He/She will then prepare your tooth for putting veneer. This may involve shaping and chiseling of your teeth. Finally he will bond the veneer to the front of your teeth.

What is the procedure to get a crown?

Getting a crown made is also a process that can take a few weeks. Because crowns are used to protect broken or decayed teeth, one may need to undergo root canal or other procedures to rectify or cure the main problem before a crown can be fitted. Once the underlying issue is fixed, your dentist will file your tooth to make sure the crown fits perfectly. The amount of tooth removed depends on which material your crown is made up of. You are more likely to lose less amount of tooth in case of a metal crown rather than a ceramic or porcelain one. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and fit you with a temporary crown. A permanent crown will be fitted once it is ready. Once ready it is the cemented in its place.

Cost of veneers vs crowns?

Both veneers and crowns are elaborate procedures and do not come cheap. The cost of the veneer or crown primarily depends on the material it is made of. However having a good dental insurance can help you to reduce the overall burden on your pocket. To read more about how to get the best of dental insurance read our blog on that subject. Generally insurance companies cover some or all part of crowns because it is a truly restorative procedure. Many insurance companies do not cover veneers as they get classified as cosmetic procedures because they are generally used for improving the appearance of the front of the teeth and smile. So in the end veneers may turn out to be a more costly option than a crown.  Disclaimer –Dental prices can vary from area to area and case to case. Total actual cost also depends on your dental insurance and its coverage.

How long do veneers and crowns last?

If one takes proper care of the veneer or crown as the case may be it may last up to 15 years. Veneers are prone to cracking over a period of time and cannot be repaired. They must be replaced. Crowns also are prone to chipping and may need replacement. The porcelain used in veneers and crowns is generally resistant to stains but if one does not take proper care of teeth like brushing or flossing them as advised by your dentist, they can become discolored and cannot be whitened with whitening treatments.

What are the cons of veneers and crowns?

Veneers are irreversible because the dentist will remove some part of your tooth enamel to fix the veneer. Loss of enamel means increased sensitivity to hot and cold substances. Dentists also do not recommend veneer for people with poor gums. On the other hands crowns can also increase sensitivity and discomfort. Some people are also allergic to the material crowns are made up of.

Hope this blog clears your confusion about what veneers and crowns are and which procedure may suit you the best. However your final decision will need to consider your underlying root problem, the total cost of the procedures involved the time and visits involved and most importantly the expert advice of your dentist.

You can always call Ensure Dental Care (the family dentist near you) on 940-274-3229 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics at Saginaw Texas. We accept all major insurance providers.

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