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What’s the difference between porcelain veneers and dental crowns?

copy of istock 117144623 Both porcelain veneers and dental crowns are used by dentists to help patients change the shape and color of a tooth when they are interested in cosmetic changes to their smile. However, they are different restorations and require different procedures. Dr. John Pappas and his team at Arcadia Dental Arts of Phoenix, Arizona can help patients tell the difference between these two popular cosmetic restorations used at his practice. 

  • Dental crowns – in most situations, a dental crown is placed over a tooth to strengthen or rebuild a tooth that has been damaged by trauma or decay. The crown covers the exposed portion of the tooth and is sometimes referred to as a “cap.” At Arcadia Dental Arts, our team utilizes porcelain dental crowns, which look just like natural tooth enamel for a natural-looking, beautiful repair. Dental crowns require a substantial amount of enamel to be removed from all around the inner canals of the tooth to place without adding extra bulk. Dental crowns can be cosmetic, but they are primarily restorative.
  • Porcelain veneers – veneers work considerably different than dental crowns, and are typically a cosmetic treatment versus a restorative treatment. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are made to bond onto the front of an anterior tooth, or tooth near the front of the mouth. These shells are custom-fabricated to match the shape, size, and color of the patient’s existing teeth for seamless integration. Veneers are an elective procedure and are not often covered by a patient’s dental insurance. These restorations require minimal removal of natural tooth enamel on the front of a tooth to cover imperfections such as chips, cracks, permanent staining, gaps, and other concerns that can be easily disguised. Porcelain veneers cost more than dental bonding, but can last a decade or longer when patients maintain their oral health and wellness with the help of a dental provider.

Considering veneers or crowns? 

Connect with Dr. John Pappas and his team at Arcadia Dental Arts of Phoenix, Arizona to find out if you are a candidate for a porcelain veneer or a dental crown depending on your dental needs. Call (602) 957-9643 to schedule a visit at the office, located at 4124 North 40th Street.    

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