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Crowns/Veneers Q & A

What are Crowns?

Dental crowns are prosthetic devices that are bonded to a patient’s teeth or used to cap dental implants. They are used to cap or cover a decayed or damaged tooth. The crown can improve the appearance of the tooth and strengthen the tooth. They are also used to provide a natural looking prosthetic for a missing tooth using a dental implant. Traditionally, crowns are crafted from porcelain or ceramics and are color-matched to the surrounding teeth.

Why are Crowns Used?

Crowns can be utilized to:

Cover a tooth which has had a root canal
Cap a dental implant
Protect a tooth which is weak
Replace a larger filling
Attach a bridge
Hide a discolored or misshaped tooth
When cared for properly, a crown should last as long as a natural tooth. However, if there is ever an issue the dentist can repair or replace the crown.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are dental devices crafted from thin layers of porcelain or composite material. They are applied to the surface of a person’s teeth and are made to look and feel like a natural tooth. The veneer covers the front portion of the tooth. This makes them ideal for treating concerns such as:

Gaps between teeth
Uneven tooth edges
Correcting teeth which appear small
How Are Veneers Applied?

First, the tooth must be prepared by cleaning it and shaving down a thin layer to make room for the veneer. This is done to ensure that the veneer will lay in line with the other teeth. To create the veneer, an impression of the tooth will be made and fabricated at a dental lab. A temporary veneer is usually placed on the tooth to protect it between appointments. During the second visit the permanent veneer will be attached to the person’s tooth using a special bonding agent. The veneer will then be buffed until smooth to ensure it looks natural and fits flush with the surrounding teeth.