A crown or a veneer may be required when a filling is not suitable enough to save your tooth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to cover it and restore its strength, size, shape, and appearance. It is usually made out of a ceramic material, and therefore this allows it to be strong enough to hold the tooth together for much longer than a filling. A crown usually covers the entire visible portion of a tooth.
A dental veneer is an extremely thin and custom made “shell” designed to cover only the front surface of a tooth to help improve its appearance. These shells are attached to the front of the teeth and can be used to change the color, shape, size or length of the tooth. Veneers are a cheaper option compared to a full crown since they are used only for the front of teeth. There are two methods of getting veneers:
- Direct Veneers. These veneers are done directly in the dental chair, this is often referred to as ‘bonding’ or ‘composite veneers’.
- Indirect Veneers. These veneers are made from porcelain at a dental laboratory. This procedure requires two visits.