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Difference Between Crowns & Veneers

A common question that dentists often get asked, is what is the difference between dental veneers and dental crowns?

Throughout this article we will help to explain the differences and ensure that you are well informed so as to decide which type is best for you. The following points are the main differences between both types.

Dental Crowns
    • Dental crowns can be used to alter a significant colour change for a single tooth.
    • They can be used to alter and drastically shape unique changes to a tooth.
    • Dental crowns are commonly used during the strengthening and rebuilding phase when repairing a decayed or broken tooth.
    • When used correctly, they are long lasting, strong and durable. Crowns make for an excellent choice in situations where a tooth is exposed to clenching, grinding or heavy chewing.
    • When having a dental crown fit to your tooth, it’s common that a large amount of tooth reduction be required.
    • After a crown has been placed on your tooth, in future it may require a new one to be fitted.

    Dental crowns are often directly compared to porcelain veneers. In the following section we will explain the actual differences between both of them and how they can be used to strengthen and rebuild your teeth.

Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain veneers are quite commonly used to alter or change the colour of a tooth. This can range from slightly minor changes in the tooth’s natural colour, to giving your tooth an almost natural appearance.
  • Veneers can be used to make small changes to the appearance of a single tooth.
  • Porcelain veneers are more often used instead of dental crowns when a tooth needs to be repaired, which otherwise has a healthy and intact underlying tooth structure.
  • Modern porcelain veneers are typically the best choice when downward pressures on the tooth is minimal, such as teeth located towards the middle of your mouth.
  • Porcelain veneers generally require less tooth adjustment compared to dental crowns. In some cases your tooth may actually require no physical reduction at all.
Not all porcelain veneers are forever, although in some special cases the porcelain veneers may be reversible. However in most situations once the veneer is in place, the tooth will always require future adjustments. This may result in a second porcelain veneer being fitted or a further tooth reduction. If you wish to chat with us about cosmetic dental services, visit our contact page or call us on (07) 5576 6050.

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