Do you have dental imperfections like chips, cracks, breaks, or decay? Besides causing significant discomfort, these defects can affect your bite function, make you look less attractive, and increase your risk of further problems.
Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry in Dallas can help correct dental imperfections and improve the appearance and function of your teeth. This guide briefly overviews dental veneers and crowns, their key differences, and how a visit to our dentist in Dallas, TX, can help you choose the right option.
A veneer is a thin tooth-colored shell or coating that’s adhered to the front surface of a damaged tooth, hiding or camouflaging any imperfections. A veneer is often made from composite or porcelain materials and is customized to match your natural teeth’ aesthetics. Thus, they effectively improve the tooth’s size, shape, and color. Since veneers are very thin, they don’t require significant enamel shaving. Therefore, they preserve more of your natural tooth.
A tooth crown is a custom-made dental cap placed over a tooth, covering up the entire visible portion of the tooth. It effectively hides any imperfections and restores your tooth strength and function. Dental crowns match your natural teeth’ size, color, and shape. Since dental crowns are more invasive, they require significant enamel shaving.
Below are the key differences between veneers and crowns:
While both veneers and crowns can improve the appearance of your teeth, they commonly serve different purposes. Since veneers are thin and only cover the front of a tooth, they are primarily used to:
On the other hand, dental crowns are mainly used for restorative purposes to provide protection and strengthen a severely damaged or decayed tooth. However, since crowns cover the entire visible part of the tooth, they also offer cosmetic benefits. Common functions of dental crowns:
Tooth shaving is always necessary for dental veneers and crowns to fit perfectly without looking bulky or unnatural. Since a veneer is thin and only covers the front of a tooth, only a thin layer of the enamel is removed (usually less than 1mm). It makes veneers more conservative as they preserve more of the tooth’s structure.
With dental crowns, the dentist must remove a significant amount of the tooth’s enamel to accommodate the crown. It makes a crown more invasive since it significantly changes your tooth’s structure. Fortunately, they provide excellent stability and protection for the treated tooth.
Dental veneers contain composite resin or porcelain materials. Dental crowns offer more options like metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, zirconia, all ceramic, gold, lithium disilicate, and composite resin.
Both dental veneers and crowns are relatively strong and durable. However, dental crowns typically last longer, approximately 10 – 20 years. Veneers are less durable than crowns and can easily chip, crack, or fall out when exposed to excessive force. On average, veneers last for about 7 – 15 years.
Since dental crowns require more work, they’re relatively more expensive than veneers. However, remember that the cost may vary based on the material used. Porcelain veneers typically cost about $800 – $2500 per tooth, while crowns range from $1000 – $3500 per tooth.
The procedure of dental veneers and crowns are quite similar. Both procedures require about two dental appointments and typically involve the following steps:
Do you need help deciding between dental crowns and dental veneers in Dallas, TX? Visit our office to book your consultation today.