Dental crowns and porcelain veneers are two dental services that we offer to our patients. While crowns and veneers may seem very similar, they actually serve very different purposes. As your trusted dentist in Bradenton, FL, we wanted to provide you with some additional information on the similarities and differences between these two dental services. Learn more below:
If you are looking for a complete smile makeover, porcelain veneers are an excellent option. Primarily used for cosmetic purposes, porcelain veneers are thin, ceramic shells that are attached to the front-facing portion of your natural tooth. They replace the appearance of your natural tooth without requiring tooth extraction or major amounts of enamel removal. Once secured to your tooth, a veneer is designed to blend in with your natural smile. We primarily recommend veneers to patients looking to conceal blemishes like small gaps, stains, chips, or cracks. However, major chips and cracks will require more extensive treatment to ensure the natural tooth remains functional.
If you have a severely damaged tooth, dental crowns can help you restore the functionality of your smile. Deep chips and cracks cannot be repaired by resin material or porcelain veneers. However, we do our best to repair a damaged tooth with a dental crown to help patients avoid the need for tooth extraction. A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth designed to replace the entire exterior of your natural tooth, not just the front facing portion. Supported by the foundational core of your natural tooth, a significant amount of enamel is removed to make space for the dental crown. Once complete, your dental crown will blend in with your natural smile and functionally replace your damaged tooth.
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