Dental Crowns and Dental Veneers
Sometimes the damage to a tooth from decay, cracks, or fractures is beyond the capability to be restored with a filling, inlay, or onlay. In such instances, a crown may be fabricated to restore the tooth and protect it from further damage. Porcelain veneers may be used to cover badly worn or chipped front teeth, or to restore discolored or unsightly teeth to their natural beauty.
- A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth, covering the tooth to restore its form and size, provide strength and protect the tooth from fracture, and/or improve its appearance. It is a custom restoration made of porcelain, gold alloy, or a combination of the two materials. The crown is fabricated in a professional dental laboratory and is cemented or bonded to the tooth by the dentist.
- A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of tooth-shaped porcelain designed to cover the front surfaces and chewing edges of front teeth. Veneers may restore crooked, worn, misshapen, chipped, or discolored teeth. In most cases, veneers require much less reduction of tooth structure than crowns. Porcelain veneers are fabricated in a professional dental laboratory and are bonded to the tooth by the dentist.