Are Porcelain Dental Crowns a Better Option Than Veneers?

There is a difference between making minor repairs to your home’s exterior and a renovation that strengthens its foundation. Similarly, there is a difference in purpose between improving the appearance of your smile with dental veneers, and bolstering a natural tooth’s function by protecting it with a dental crown.

How Dental Crowns Differ From Porcelain Veneers

In general, your cosmetic dentist will recommend veneers when you have minor issues with shape, shade or rotation with your natural teeth. Dental crowns can also improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile, but since they cover your entire tooth, they can also fix other types of clinical and aesthetic issues, including:

  1. Covering and supporting a tooth with a large filling that has lost much of its own structure.
  2. Restore a tooth worn down by bruxism, or one that is broken or fractured.
  3. Provide protection to an injured or infected natural tooth that has received a root canal.
  4. Conceal a severely misshapen or discolored tooth.

One of the key differences between a porcelain veneer and a dental crown is that a crown covers the entire surface of the tooth above the gum line. This is what allows the crown to provide structural support to a weakened natural tooth. Your dental provider can assess your oral health needs and discuss which type of restoration will best address your health and appearance concerns.

“Dental crowns can provide beautiful, durable protection for your natural teeth – helping you retain them longer and keep them healthier,” says Dr. Melanie Bauer, a dentist in practice at Dr. Carol Ford & Associates in central Phoenix. “Your dentist can help you determine whether veneers or crowns will be the right choice for your mouth.”


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