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Are dental veneers better than dental crowns?

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What is a dental veneer?

A dental veneer is a thin layer of material placed over the surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. Veneers are typically made from porcelain and are bonded to the tooth with resin. They can be used to cover chips, cracks, discoloration, gaps between teeth, and other irregularities. They are custom-made in the dental laboratory for each individual patient based on impressions.

What’s involved with getting a veneer?

Getting a veneer involves a few steps. First, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental lab where they will custom make the veneer. This process usually takes about two weeks. Once it is ready, you will come back to the dentist’s office for the veneers to be placed.

During this appointment, your dentist will prepare your tooth by removing some of the enamel from its surface to make room for the new veneer. Local anaesthetic may be used to help make sure that you are not in pain during this process. Afterward, your dentist will place a temporary veneer over your prepared tooth while waiting for the permanent one to arrive from the lab.

The final appointment is to remove the temporary restoration and fit the lab made veneer. Ensuring the fit is correct and the patient is happy with the final result.  

The benefit of Veneers?

Veneers are less invasive than crowns as they require little preparation work on the tooth. A veneer can change the colour, shape, and position of the tooth to create the perfect smile. 

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a dental restoration procedure that involves covering a damaged or decayed tooth with an artificial cover or “cap”. Crowns are made of various materials such as porcelain, metal, and resin. The material used will depend on the condition of the tooth and its location in the mouth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth that has had root canal treatment. 

What’s involved with getting a crown?

The process of getting a crown begins with a thorough examination and cleaning of the tooth from your dentist. During this visit, the dentist will make impressions of your teeth and the surrounding areas so that they can be used to create an exact replica of the area being worked on. This replica is then sent to a lab where your custom-fitted crown will be created.

Once the lab has finished making your crown, you’ll need to schedule another appointment with your dentist for it to be fitted in place

The benefits of a crown?

The many benefits of crowns is that they provide strong, durable protection to the underlying tooth structure. In addition, they can help restore the appearance of your smile by covering up chipped or discoloured teeth and creating a natural looking finish. Crowns are also very effective at protecting against further damage and decay because they completely encase the entire visible portion of the tooth.

Furthermore, dental crowns can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. 

Root canal molar teeth need a crown to protect it from fracturing or getting re infected. 

Risks of Veneers and Crowns

Veneers can be prone to cracking or chipping if the patient is not careful with their teeth. If this occurs, it may be necessary to remove the veneer and replace it with a new one. The risk of this happening can be minimized by avoiding hard foods, chewing on ice or other hard objects, and grinding your teeth at night.

Crowns can also be damaged over time due to wear and tear, as well as decay. If any decay is spotted underneath the crown, it will need to be replaced as soon as possible in order to prevent further damage. In addition, crowns may require adjustment in order to ensure that they fit properly against the adjacent tooth. 

Aftercare after having a veneer or a crown?

When it comes to aftercare for a veneer or crown, the best practice is to maintain regular dental hygiene habits. This includes brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste, flossing at least once daily, and using mouthwash if desired

A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain or resin that is placed on top of your teeth, often your front teeth, to create a natural, healthy appearance. Your dentist will contour the veneer to suit the shape of your teeth after the piece has bonded to your tooth.

It’s important to be gentle when cleaning around the veneer or crown as aggressive brushing can cause damage. Additionally, it is recommended that you avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or hard candy that could crack your veneer or crown.

It’s also wise to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups so they can inspect the condition of your veneer or crown and make any necessary adjustments or repairs. 

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