At Robison Dental Group we offer a full range of dental services including restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Sometimes procedures that have similar results can be confused with each other. A good example of this is crowns and veneers. Though both can be made of porcelain and both can improve your smile, there really is a big difference between the two. Veneers are a cosmetic procedure, while crowns provide both improved appearance and complete restoration of a damaged or decaying tooth.
Porcelain veneers can correct cosmetic problems with the front teeth and dramatically improve your smile. The thin shell-like veneers are placed on the surface of the teeth after some preparation is done to enable your natural tooth surface to hold the veneers. Once you get porcelain veneers, there is no going back. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last a long time, but if they should chip, they will have to be replaced.
The most exciting thing about smile transformation with porcelain veneers is that this miraculous thin material can correct just about anything that is wrong with the appearance of your front teeth while looking completely natural. As long as your front teeth are healthy and properly aligned, veneers can change the shape of individual teeth, conceal small spaces between teeth, change the color of the front teeth or conceal dark spots or craze lines (thin lines that are not harmful and sometimes appear on your teeth when you get older.) And best of all, porcelain is the most realistic-looking material used in dentistry. The reason for this is that porcelain reflects light in the same way that natural tooth enamel does. Because of this, it is virtually impossible for anyone to be able to tell the difference between natural teeth and teeth that have porcelain veneers.
Dental crowns, which can be made of porcelain but are more often made of ceramic materials, are sometimes used for cosmetic purposes, but they can actually restore badly damaged teeth to full function and health. The ceramic resin used in most crowns is sturdy and economical. This material is used in wide range of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures including white fillings and cosmetic bonding. But a crown is a treatment for a tooth that is suffering from decay or is cracked or broken. Crowns are also used as necessary after a root canal, to restore the tooth after being cut open to allow the entry of dental instruments.
Unlike veneers, crowns go all the way around the tooth. Crowns are used on teeth that have healthy roots and are stable (not loose.) Traditionally, getting a dental crown is a process that involves a few steps and a few trips to a cosmetic dentist Mesa Az, but now same-day crowns are available thanks to CEREC technology. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations Esthetic Ceramic. With the aid of computer technology, Dr. Robison can design and place a CEREC dental crown all in one visit.
Which is Right for You?
Sometimes it might be confusing trying to decide if you need crowns or veneers. Remember that porcelain veneers are strictly cosmetic because they are too thin to restore damaged teeth. Crowns are a restoration. The word “crown” also actually means a natural tooth itself or the part that shows above the gum; the other part of a tooth being the root.
If you would like to learn more about crowns and veneers or set up an appointment, you can call us anytime. At Robison Dental Group, Dr. Gary Robison and his staff strive to make sure each visit you make to our office exceeds your expectations. Call us now.