Dr. Darian Hampton offers North Dallas patients several options to improve their smiles. Two of the most popular options are dental crowns and porcelain veneers. But which one is right for you? Both options offer their own set of benefits. In this blog post, North Dallas dentist Dr. Hampton discusses the applications of dental crowns and veneers, as well as how they differ.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are attached to the front side of the teeth in order to restore an attractive and natural appearance. Unlike dental crowns, which cover the entire tooth, porcelain veneers leave the back side of the natural tooth exposed. Porcelain veneers closely match the color and look of natural teeth, for a seamless smile. Porcelain veneers can be used to:
- Hide misshapen, crooked teeth
- Conceal small cracks, fractures, discoloration and stains
- Improve the size of teeth
- Cover up worn enamel
- Hide small spaces and gaps between teeth
Like porcelain veneers, ceramic dental crowns are designed to restore the appearance and function of teeth. But unlike veneers, dental crowns are placed over the entire tooth, making them ideal for teeth that are severely misshapen or damaged, and therefore cannot be fixed with veneers. During the dental crown procedure, the damaged tooth is carved down to remove the weakened enamel and the crown is placed over the remaining tooth and bonded into place using a strong dental cement. Like porcelain veneers, ceramic dental crowns are made to match the color of your teeth, for a natural-looking smile. Dental crowns can be used for the following:
- To replace a filling
- To restore a damaged or decayed tooth
- To cover a dental implant
- To attach a dental bridge
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Ultimately, determining which restoration option is best for you will depend on several factors, including your oral health and goals. The only way to find out whether veneers or crowns are right for you is to schedule a dental exam with a qualified dentist. To talk to Dr. Hampton about your options, please call his North Dallas office or email us today.