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Veneers vs Dental Crowns
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Image of a dental professional discussing veneers vs dental crowns, at ZenTech Dentistry in West Linn, OR. What is the difference between veneers and dental crowns? It’s an age-old question that has confused many patients seeking a restorative solution for their teeth. According to Dr. Frank Sioda and Dr. Sioda, veneers are an aesthetic solution for otherwise healthy teeth. Dental crowns, on the other hand, are used on teeth that have already been damaged and are on the verge of breaking.

For the most part, veneers are an aesthetic procedure and require the removal of ½ mm enamel from the front teeth. By contrast, dental crowns are much thicker and require dentists to file more of the target tooth.

What is a Veneer?

Veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth. They are less invasive compared to crowns because they leave most of the original tooth intact. Only about half a millimeter of the front tooth is filed down for bonding with the veneer. The grinding process may be painful, and you may be administered local anesthetic. For the veneer to bond properly, the patient must have enough enamel; otherwise, it may fall off.

What is a Crown?

A crown covers the entire tooth and requires more of the original tooth to be prepared for placing dental crowns. In the case of tooth decay, the dentist will remove a significant portion of the root before making way for the crown. Local anesthesia may be administered to minimize the pain involved.
There are several types of dental crowns to choose from; these are as follows:
•  Ceramic crowns
•  Metal crowns
•  Gold crowns
•  Titanium crowns
•  Resin crowns
•  Zirconia crowns

Of these, ceramic crowns are the most popular because they mimic the natural appearance of real teeth and are virtually undetectable.

Benefits of Ceramic Crowns

Ceramic crowns are an obvious choice for many patients because they are not only aesthetic but also functional.

Ceramic Crowns Relieve Discomfort

Ceramic crowns are used to relieve discomfort after a restorative treatment such as a root canal. These problems may increase the tooth’s sensitivity to changes in pressure and temperature. Ceramic crowns protect your tooth from further damage and minimize sensitivity.

A Simple Procedure

Ceramic crowns are minimally invasive and easy to apply. They do require cleaning the enamel and removing the decayed portion of the tooth. Crowns are specifically designed for that specific tooth in a laboratory. In the meantime, the patient may receive a temporary crown so they can eat normally while they wait for the permanent crown to be prepared. Patients can also receive same day crowns at ZenTech Dentistry in a single session. This is a good option for individuals who want to save time and don't want to disrupt their daily routines.

Ceramic Crowns Restore the Appearance of the Tooth

Dental crowns not only repair the damage done to your teeth, but they also restore their natural appearance. They fit over the existing teeth and instantly correct discolorations, cracks, chips, and fractures. In some cases, dental crowns can achieve a patient's aesthetic goals. Patients looking for dental crowns and veneers should look no further than ZenTech Dentistry, where you will gain access to an experienced and friendly staff. Book an appointment today by calling us at (503) 765-9699.
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