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Veneers vs Dental Crowns
Portland, OR

Image of a woman smiling after getting a dental veneer and crown placed in her mouth, at Portland City Dental in Portland, OR.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are tooth shape structures made from porcelain, metal, ceramic, or stainless steel to cover an entire tooth. Dental crowns can be used in restorative dentistry or cosmetic dentistry. They strengthen, repair, and support damaged or decayed teeth, and at the same time, they conceal cosmetic imperfections like discolored, cracked, or chipped teeth. Dental crowns are also used to cover a dental implant or to support a dental bridge. Dental implants and veneers are different in structure and procedure, but both can conceal a stained, chipped, or misshapen tooth.

Types of Dental Crowns

Different materials are used in preparing dental crowns. Stainless steel crowns protect a tooth from decay while a patient waits for the permanent dental crown to be curated. Gold and titanium are used as metal dental crowns, specifically for back molars, which endure greater biting or chewing forces. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are the most favorable options for front tooth coverings since they have a natural appearance that allows dental crowns to merge with adjacent teeth.

Benefits of Same Day Crowns

Many patients prefer same-day dental crowns, curated from ceramic and fixed in a single appointment. Same day crowns are sometimes used to protect teeth from damage resulting from temporary crowns.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a cosmetic procedure in which thin shell-like coverings are attached to the front of a tooth, thus concealing any cosmetic imperfections like stained or chipped teeth. Veneers and the shade of the cement used are adjusted according to the color of natural teeth. A tooth is polished, cleaned, and filed to allow a better bonding process. Then a special cement is used to place the veneer on the tooth.

Veneers vs. Dental Crowns

There are many advantages and disadvantages associated with dental crowns and veneers. At Portland City Dental, our dental professionals Dr. Dan and Dr. Dan Rodriguez will help you decide which treatment option is suitable for your dental needs.

Advantages of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers enhance the cosmetic appearance and blend with adjacent teeth to provide a natural appearance. Dental veneers can last up to 15 years and protect teeth from further staining as they can resist discoloration better than enamel.

Disadvantages of Dental Veneers

A dentist removes a portion of the teeth's outer surface for veneer placement, leading to enamel loss. Getting veneers is an irreversible process, and most dental insurance does not cover the cost of the procedure.

Advantages of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are the perfect solution to support teeth that are significantly damaged or contain large cavities. They also cover a dental implant or hold a cracked tooth in place. A dental crown procedure is comparatively less expensive than getting veneers.

Disadvantages of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns may increase the sensitivity of teeth. The crown itself, specifically porcelain crowns, are vulnerable to chipping, and a crown may also fall out or loosen later in life.

Call us at (503) 256-7917 to schedule your appointment and receive proper guidance about dental crowns and veneers and which treatment option will be most suitable according to your dental needs.

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