Crowns or Veneer

Crowns or Veneer

Cosmetic dentistry can help you get the smile that you need through the help of individual treatments provided by your dentist. These dental treatments are designed to recondition and enrich your smile and two of the major options available are dental crowns and veneers.

Dental crowns and veneers are forms of dental restoration and both can achieve exceptional results. These two components are often confused; however, the treatments have very different procedures and different applications.

In order for you to understand the differences, Vita Dental Spring has outlined the treatments, the procedures involved, recovery, and why you should consider one over the other.

Crowns

This is a thin, tooth-shaped porcelain ‘cap’ whose purpose is to cover the whole tooth, restore its shape, and improve the appearance of teeth. Dental crowns protect the tooth from the current damage while also preventing potential damage.

Crowns are used to fix severe tooth decay, broken or cracked teeth which cannot be repaired by a simple filling. They are designed to naturally blend in with the adjacent teeth and can last for up to 15 years.

Procedure

When a tooth is severely damaged, getting a crown will normally take two trips or more to the dentist. During both visits, the dental procedure will be carried out under a local anesthetic.

Your first visit will involve effectively removing all decay from the damaged tooth. Next, an impression of the tooth will be taken and sent to the lab to create a permanent crown.

Meanwhile, a temporary crown will be applied to cover the tooth until your next visit. On the second visit, your temporary crown will be permanently bonded to the tooth and adjusted if required.

Recovery

It will typically take about 5 hours for the anesthesia to wear off after your dental treatment. You may experience some reasonable pain or sensitivity so it would be wise to avoid hot or cold food or drinks for the next 2-3 days after treatment.

Veneers

These are thin pieces of porcelain that are fitted on the surface of the tooth. Veneers help to rectify worn out, misaligned, broken, or chipped teeth. They are also mostly used to enhance the appearance of permanently discolored teeth which won’t respond to any kind of tooth whitening treatments.

Procedure

Initial consultations involve a dentist keenly examining your tooth to establish whether a veneer is a worthwhile treatment for you. Like dental crowns, applying the veneer would also require more than one trip to the dental clinic.

On your first visit, a small amount of enamel from the surface of the teeth will be trimmed so as to create room for the veneer and an impression of the tooth will also be taken to the lab to prepare for your permanent veneer.

During the second visit, the cosmetic dentist at Vita Dental Spring prepares and then cements the permanent veneer onto the intended tooth. A light or laser beam is applied in order to harden the cement and any excess is removed before you leave.

You will be required to do a follow-up dental visit within two weeks so that the dentist can do a final check on the veneer placement and also see your gums response to the treatment.

Recovery

If any sedatives were used for the treatment, patients may experience numbness and sensitivity for the next 24 hours. In case no anesthesia was used, then there is a little recovery period involved. Otherwise, patients are pretty much free to carry on with their daily routine immediately after treatment.

Shortcomings of Crowns and Veneers

Veneers

Occasionally, patients have reported that veneers seem to appear bulky or large. With veneers, there is no room for error. Any chipped or damaged veneers cannot be repaired and once they are on they cannot be removed. However, when they are professionally created and applied, this would not be an issue.

Crowns

All-porcelain crowns seem to be less strong than the porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM). Porcelain -only crowns are more exposed to chipping and cracking because they are delicate.

Due to its fragility, it cannot be placed on the back teeth since the molars and premolars experience more biting and chewing force. Porcelain crowns also require more reduction of the tooth structure especially if a tooth is severely damaged and decayed.

Choosing between veneers or crowns comes down to your personal choice and the dentist’s recommendation. Both procedures are desirable and one of the things you can do is to ask people who have had the procedures done about their experiences and results. Whichever treatment you choose, the end result is to have sparkling white teeth and an enhanced beautiful smile.

If you are not sure about which treatment is the right one for your needs, give us a call for a quick examination. Experienced dentists at Vita Dental Spring will be able to observe the status of your teeth and recommend the correct treatment of the problematic tooth/teeth.

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