When Are Porcelain Crowns a Better Option Than Veneers?

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Porcelain crowns and veneers are commonly used dental restorations that can improve the appearance of a tooth. Although they both can address concerns like chipped or cracked teeth, each restoration has a distinct purpose. A porcelain crown, for instance, covers the entire affected tooth, restoring its form and function while protecting it from further damage. A porcelain veneer, on the other hand, is a thin shell placed over the front of a tooth, designed to conceal cosmetic imperfections like stains and cracks.

In general, a porcelain crown is considered more appropriate when a patient needs to repair a damaged or weakened tooth. For this reason, crowns are often placed following root canal therapy to strengthen the compromised tooth. They are also useful for dental implant patients, acting as the replacement tooth that is attached to the artificial tooth root. If you have concerns about your teeth that are more cosmetic in nature, porcelain veneers are most likely the more appropriate option for your needs.

When you come in for your appointment with Dr. Todd Mabry or Dr. Anna Vaysman, they will evaluate your teeth and discuss your goals. This allows them to determine the most beneficial restoration option—whether it is a crown, veneer, or other option.

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