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Porcelain Veneers VERSUS Dental Crowns

Veneers are a popular, frequently-requested restoration choice. They have the ability to last for years. Suitable candidates for porcelain veneers include patients with generally strong, healthy teeth, free from large fillings or areas of decay. A candidate’s teeth may exhibit slight malocclusion, might be mildly discolored or unevenly spaced. teeth that are less attractively-shaped or teeth that display small signs of tooth decay on the proximal or labial surfaces can often be addressed with porcelain veneers.

While veneers are a popular choice, there are cases when dental crowns may prove to be a better option. There are several factors which will indicate the choice of dental crowns:

Crowns are used to fix missing, frail, and broken teeth. Things like tooth decay, cracked fillings, root canals, and teeth grinding can cause damage that cannot be fixed by a standard filling. A dental crown can permanently cement over top of an existing tooth’s surface to restore the tooth and give it more strength.

Signs of Active Caries

Although veneers can be placed when tooth decay is present but not severe, the presence of active and more significant caries could mean crowns are a better choice. With dental crowns, the margins are more likely to be placed sub-gingivally, providing more resistance to caries than margins of veneers.  

Worn Tooth Enamel on Labial Surfaces

Occasionally, teeth may have thinner-than-normal enamel or significant enamel erosion. In these situations, crowns may be a better choice  for treatment. When properly etched, dental enamel provides the best retention for veneers.

When Veneers are a Better Option

The best candidates for veneers are those with sturdy teeth that have visible flaws. This includes teeth that are discolored, contain visible cracks and chips, are smaller or larger in size, or have gaps. Porcelain veneers are more cosmetic in nature and can help to improve the look of any unsightly teeth.

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