DENTAL CROWNS AND PORCELAIN VENEERS
A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over a prepped tooth. It is used to protect, restore, and improve the appearance of any damaged teeth. When teeth reach a level of decay, they require certain steps to help protect and prolong the life in which they have. At times, they may be too weak to function with just a filling. More often than not, a dental crown may be required to help your teeth survive.
In the past, dental crowns were made with both metal and porcelain to give the tooth a stronger foundation. Over time the crown begins to look duller than your natural teeth and causes darkening around the gum line. This is not a good option, especially for front teeth. Now porcelain dental crowns including Zirconium are used. Zirconium crowns are so strong that they can be used anywhere in the mouth. Zirconium can withstand the biting pressure in the front and back as well as any teeth grinding. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), Zirconium crowns are an excellent choice. This material has become a popular choice because of its strength and aesthetics. They reflect light the same way as your teeth which give it a natural look.
Veneers are a thin but strong “shell” made of high-tech materials or porcelain that are permanently bonded to the tooth’s surface with a strong resin adhesive.
Am I a Candidate for Veneers?
Any patient can choose to have veneers as an option for their cosmetic dental procedure. If you choose not to use Professional Teeth Whitening products for any reason or you simply have cosmetic problems that are not easily solved- such as chipped or broken teeth, by whitening or bonding, then porcelain veneers are another option that you have to consider. They consist of a thin layer of porcelain that permanently bonds to the surface of your teeth. They are completely customized to your mouth to achieve the ideal, confident smile you wish to have.