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Dental Crowns vs. Porcelain Veneers

For teeth with visible wear and tear—such as chips, cracks, deep stains, and other conditions—high-quality dental restorations can be the dressing needed to beautifully restore the appearance of the teeth and overall smile aesthetics. Two of the most effective restorative and cosmetic dentistry options for long-lasting, natural-looking results are dental crowns and porcelain veneers. While both of these options share some similarities, it is important to know the distinctions between the two since one may be a more ideal solution than the other, depending on a patient’s unique needs and goals. 

Below, our experienced Kokomo cosmetic dentist, Dr. Justin Roberts, explains the differences:

Dental Crowns

A dental crown serves as a restorative, protective, and cosmetic solution for repairing a damaged or weakened tooth. Roberts Dental Group creates each custom-made crown (often referred to as a “cap”) with durable dental-grade porcelain. The crown is made to cover the entire affected tooth in order to reinforce its strength and structure while simultaneously enhancing its appearance. Crowns are typically recommended for teeth that are significantly damaged, decayed, and structurally compromised. They are also routinely utilized as the final step in a root canal or dental implant procedure. 

Porcelain Veneers

For tooth concerns that are primarily cosmetic in nature, porcelain veneers may be recommended. Veneers can be ideal for concealing conditions such as deep stains, chips and large gaps, and even cases of mild misalignment. Similar to crowns, veneers at our practice are made with the highest-quality porcelain material to produce a customized restoration that looks and feels as natural as possible. The porcelain “shell” is placed over the front and sides of the affected tooth—rather than the entire tooth—to conceal the aesthetic irregularity, but it does not provide significant structural support. In cases where the health and function of the tooth may be in jeopardy because of structural damage, a dental crown may be the better option. 

To learn more about dental crowns and porcelain veneers, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today! Dr. Roberts will examine your dental concerns to determine a treatment plan that can help you achieve a healthier and more beautiful smile.