Crowns & Veneers
A crown is a cover or cap that restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. Crowns can be made from several types of materials, including: metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or composite resin.
Reasons you may need a crown:
- You have a cavity that is too large for a filling
- You have a tooth that is cracked or worn down
- You had a root canal and need to protect the restored tooth
- You want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile
A veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front of the tooth. It can be used to correct a wide range of issues, such as:
- Teeth that are permanently stained
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Crooked or misshapen teeth
- Uneven spaces or a large gap between teeth
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin. Each type of veneer has its own benefits.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the front surface of your tooth.
Benefits of porcelain veneers:
- Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting
- Porcelain veneers have a natural-looking surface
- Less tooth enamel needs to be removed than with a crown or cap
- Porcelain veneers don’t stain easily
Composite Resin Veneers
A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material that is bonded to the tooth.
Benefits of composite resin veneers:
- Usually less tooth enamel needs to be removed than for a crown or porcelain veneer
- Fewer visits to the dentist
- Less expensive than porcelain veneers
- Composite resin veneers can be repaired easily