Let’s Talk about Coverage
- Posted on: Feb 15 2017
When a tooth has been damaged or is cosmetically flawed, it needs coverage. The question that many of our patients may have when contemplating care is just how much coverage they need. It used to be that a tooth, whether for aesthetic or functional reasons, would be enhanced or restored using a lifelike dental crown. However, as cosmetic dentistry has evolved, patients now have the option of fixing up their smile with porcelain veneers. So, which is right for you? Let’s look at porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns in order to make more sense of your options.
Veneers for a Better Look
Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment because they can do so very much. Whether your concern is a small chip that you’ve lived with for years or a gap between your two front teeth, veneers may be the answer you’ve been searching for. Veneers are partial-coverage restorations. They actually aren’t meant to restore anything function, but are intended for cosmetic enhancement only. Though ultra-thin, these custom-shaped and shaded “jackets” that are bonded to the front of teeth are durable and can last for several years, just be careful to avoid biting on hard objects.
Crowns for Better Function
A dental crown is a truly restorative fixture. It fits entirely over the top portion of a tooth and is cemented over this structure in order to buffer force. When we chew, a great deal of biting force is placed onto each tooth. A tooth that has been significantly damaged cannot tolerate the pressure, so a crown lends a hand. Because a crown is a full-coverage restoration, it does require more reduction of natural enamel in order to fit well. For this reason, crowns are recommended only when necessary for tooth repair.
Let’s talk about Porcelain . . .
Crowns and veneers both come in different materials. Porcelain is just one of a few that are popular today. This material stands out for its authenticity when compared to natural enamel. Whether the work done on a tooth is cosmetic or restorative in nature, you want to feel confident in your appearance. Porcelain, blending in with surrounding teeth, allows this.
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