A thin layer of resin composite and ceramic, a veneer is a tooth-colored filling that your dentist applies over your natural tooth to improve the shape and color. The procedure involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel first to improve the bond between the tooth and the veneer. Veneers are a permanent solution that corrects common problems such as gaps, misalignments, chipped or broken teeth or discoloration. They are a strong and durable choice. However, veneers do have some disadvantages as well. If you grind your teeth or otherwise apply excessive force, they can break. Because enamel must be removed to attach veneers, many patients report heightened tooth sensitivity. It is important to note that the procedure is irreversible, so you will not be able to remove them if you don’t like the look or feel.
Pros and Cons of Crowns
Made of porcelain, a dental crown is designed to hide damaged teeth as well as to make them stronger. Crowns look just like your natural teeth and are invisible once the work is complete. Crowns repair damage caused by grinding your teeth, root canals, cracked fillings and decay. Like veneers, crowns also have some disadvantages. Porcelain crowns can cause tooth sensitivity and are often more expensive than other materials, but porcelain and metal crowns create a dark line at the tooth and may require more trimming of the natural teeth. If you choose zirconia crowns, they can be abrasive and you will not be able to tell if there is tooth decay under the crown unless you remove it.
When it comes down to it, veneers and crowns are quite alike, so your choice depends on your personal preference. Dr. Javid uses CEREC® Same-Day Crowns. To learn more about our services, contact us and schedule an appointment today.