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Today's cosmetic dentistry options offer more choices than ever before and this can lead to understandable confusion when you're trying to select the right product for your needs, including veneers and crowns. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions on these two cosmetic dentistry items from our Bronx NY clinic, Cohen's Gentle Dental.
Veneers are thin, shell-like porcelain applications that closely resemble the front surfaces of teeth. These products, which are adhered to your own teeth, are almost always applied to the most visible teeth in the front of the mouth.
Veneers are a great option if you're primarily concerned with improving the looks of your smile. Our dentist can match their color to the natural color of your surrounding teeth for a completely convincing effect. Veneers may last anywhere from 5 to 15 years before requiring replacement.
Our dentist removed only the outermost layer of enamel, providing a slightly indented surface that will receive the veneer. We will fit you with a temporary veneer until the dental laboratory has created your permanent porcelain veneer. The permanent veneer is then cemented into place. A variation called direct bonding can skip the temporary veneer stage by having the dentist adhere composite veneers directly to the teeth.
Crowns are realistic artificial surfaces that fit all the way around the tooth above the gum line. While crowns made of tooth-colored porcelain or resin is a popular option, they can also be fashioned out more traditional gold or silver alloys. A properly-made crown can easily remain strong for 15 to 20 years or more.
Since crowns can greatly reinforce the strength of a weakened tooth, they are the treatment of choice for teeth that have been broken, are seriously cracked, or recently received root canal therapy. They can also correct stained or discolored teeth. If your tooth needs structural help as well as cosmetic improvement, then a crown is the logical choice, especially for teeth such as molars that must endure lots of stress.
Like veneers, dental crowns usually require two visits to our Bronx NY clinic. Our dentist will shave some of the outer parts of the tooth down into a uniform shape that can support the crown. We then take an impression of the reshaped tooth and fit you with a temporary crown. Once the dental lab has fabricated the permanent crown, you'll return to our office to have it cemented into place.
We invited Washington Heights, Fordham Heights and Bronx NY residents to get all the facts and the ideal dental appliances for their needs at Cohen's Gentle Dental. Contact us at (718) 365-0990 today!