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Porcelain Veneers or Crowns

Crowns and veneers are two great options for restoring your teeth and improving your smile. Both options are popular and effective. Lee Palmer DDS PC gives you the best treatment and advice regarding crowns and veneers.

While both treatments will improve your smile, some key differences make it important to pick the right one for your situation. This quick guide will provide you with all the information you need to know all about porcelain veneers and crowns.

Veneers and Crowns

Dental crowns and veneers are both restoratives. To improve the appearance or function of a tooth, they cover it. Crowns and veneers both work well to improve the appearance of teeth. 

But there is a big difference between a veneer and a crown. A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the front of a tooth. The porcelain has a tooth-colored appearance. Sharp or repeated impacts can cause veneers to dislodge or crack.

A crown, on the other hand, covers the whole tooth. It can be made of metal, porcelain, or both. It is usually twice as thick as a veneer, making it more durable and less prone to cracking.

When Should You Use Veneers?

Veneers solve minor cosmetic issues. You can restore the appearance of your smile with veneers, which can significantly improve the color and shape of the teeth. Except in rare cases, a veneered tooth will always need to be covered in future, you may need a new veneer or the tooth may need to be shortened to fit a crown.

When Should You Use Crowns?

When teeth are severely damaged, a crown is used instead of veneers. Teeth with fractures or root canals are examples. A crown prevents further damage to a tooth and prevents extraction. It replaces the tooth's outer surface, enclosing the original nub. Crowns are better than veneers when the tooth's edge is damaged by grinding. An entire tooth cannot be veneered. Grinding down teeth usually necessitates crowns. Crowns can repair damaged teeth and alter their color and shape. 

If you believe you require a crown or veneer but are unsure which is the best option for you, make an appointment with Lee Palmer DDS PC. If you want a smile makeover, it is not uncommon for us to use a combination of veneers and crowns. Please contact our office at (615) 794-0756 as soon as possible. We are at 143 4th Ave N, Franklin, TN 37064.

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