What are Crowns and Veneers?
A dental crown is a “cap” that’s placed over the tooth. It’s shaped and sized to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size and improve its appearance. When it’s cemented in place, it covers the entire part of the tooth that’s at and above the gum line.
A dentist may place a crown for several reasons, including:
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
- To restore a tooth that’s severely worn down.
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling.
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
Veneers are wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored material that covers the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length. Instead of fitting over the tooth like a cap, they fit in front of the tooth like a plate.
Dental veneers are typically made of porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers often look more like natural teeth and tend to resist stains better than resin veneers. Your dentist uses veneers to fix:
- Teeth that are discolored
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
- Teeth with gaps between them. In this case, the veneers reduce the amount of space between teeth.
If you’ve had dental issues that require some amount of reconstruction, or you’re looking for a Hollywood smile, talk to your Phoenix dentist about the options available to you.