Porcelain is the perfect substance to use when restoring damaged or imperfect teeth. This is because of its color and hardness that closely resembles natural teeth. Common restorations that use porcelain as the primary material are dental crowns and veneers.
The veneer is a slim layer of porcelain that is typically affixed only to the front face of teeth that are visible when you smile. They are used to hide imperfections; discoloration, misshapen teeth, or teeth that for some reason (overcrowding, inclination) do not have a pleasing appearance. A slight roughening of the surface of the offending tooth is all that is needed, along with the application of a bonding agent, in order for the veneer to be placed and cemented.
Crowns are a more intensive procedure. They are generally needed when a tooth is damaged enough that it requires the support of a surrounding structure. A dental crown completely covers the tooth, so it is required to reduce the tooth size by grinding it down so that it can be capped by the porcelain crown. Usually, only a portion of the original tooth is needed as a base upon which the crown sits.
So, the main difference between a dental veneer and a dental crown is the amount of original tooth that is taken away in preparation for the replacement. While the crown covers the whole tooth, a veneer is only on the face. Both have the benefit of porcelain to ensure that they look natural and practically indistinguishable from natural teeth.
If you would like to speak to our dentist about porcelain crowns or veneers, call Dr. Jeryl Abbott and our helpful team at Midlothian Dental Arts. Phone: 804-379-9177. Make an appointment or come by our office in Midlothian, Virginia.