Crowns and veneers serve similar purposes, as they both act as dental restoration methods to improve the overall function and look of your teeth. The #1 difference between the two is that a veneer is only capable of covering the front of the tooth, whereas a crown encompasses the entire tooth.
What’s the difference between a crown and a veneer?
Crowns come in one of three options:
- Porcelain fused to a metal alloy
- All-metal alloy
No matter the choice, it’ll average at about 2 mm and it will cover the entire tooth.
Veneers come in porcelain options primarily. The 1 mm covering will bond to the front of the tooth.
A little bit about crowns …
Because a crown covers the entire tooth, the dental professional needs to file and grind the tooth down as much as possible to prepare room for the crown placement.
If you happen to have an excessive amount of tooth decay, the dentist will need to remove the decayed matter before scheduling the crown placement. A tooth build up process may be conducted depending on the damage seen. Local anesthetic may be required.
A little bit about veneers …
Naturally, veneers are not super invasive compared to crowns. Why? Because more of the original tooth sticks behind. The veneer supports the tooth and the tooth supports the veneer, it’s a teamwork effort.
Minimal enamel is taken from the front of the tooth, ground down, and bonded to the veneer material. Local anesthetic is not necessary, but may help considering the grinding can be a bit painful.
Which option is right for you and your dental health?
We highly recommend crown work if your tooth has a root canal or a large filling. Worn or cracked enamel may also warrant a crown.
We highly recommend veneer work if your tooth is primarily intact. Veneers are often used for cosmetic purposes and minor shape corrections, so it may not be a necessary procedure as much as a corrective procedure.
How much do crowns and veneers cost?
That’s a tricky question, considering the costs do vary on the tooth size, where the tooth is in your mouth, and the local prices from town to town.
To be honest, dental insurance programs don’t cover cosmetic procedures. So without help, these procedures can get a bit pricey.
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- Total tooth coverage
- Protection from further decay
- Look and feel like natural teeth
- Relatively permanent
- Dental insurance may cover a portion
- Much more of your natural tooth is removed to be replaced by the crown
- May experience sensitivity to heat and cold
- May experience gum pain
- Porcelain crowns can damage over time
- Long term aesthetically pleasing
- Large portion of natural tooth still exists
- Veneers minimally move over time
- Exposure to new tooth decay is possible
- Some veneers last only 5-7 years
- Other materials may lost longer but may need replacements
- Not reversible
- Oftentimes not covered by dental insurance