Porcelain Veneers and Dental Crowns
If your smile has cosmetic flaws that you’d like to fix, there is often more than one way to solve the problem. Dental crowns and porcelain veneers are similar in that they can be used to conceal certain aesthetic problems. However, they each have their own unique set of characteristics that generally make one or the other more suitable for certain situations.
At J. Michael Dukes, DDS, our focus is on providing you with solutions that not only improve your oral health but also enhance your appearance. Dr. Dukes knows that every patient is unique, and he will actively listen to your concerns and questions to create a treatment plan that fits your specific needs.
If you are interested in finding a minimally invasive treatment that will improve the appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers are a great option. Porcelain veneers look completely natural and can beautifully transform your smile in just a few office visits.
Veneers may be an appropriate solution for correcting the appearance of teeth that are:
- Stained and discolored
- Worn, chipped, cracked, or broken
- Poorly proportioned
- Unevenly spaced
If you grind or clench your teeth, you may not be a good candidate for veneers as these actions may cause the veneer to chip or crack. Dr. Dukes will help you decide if porcelain veneers are right for you in this case.
Porcelain dental crowns (caps) are a dental restoration used to replace the visible portion of a tooth to return it to its original function and create a natural appearance. Crowns are sculpted to look like dental enamel while providing durability and resilience.
Other uses for dental crowns are:
- Protecting and strengthening a tooth is damaged by dental trauma
- Restoring a tooth damaged by severe erosion of the dental enamel
- Providing support and function for a tooth that has been compromised by grinding or clenching
- Protecting and strengthening a tooth after root canal treatment
But the uses for dental crowns are not limited to restoring the original tooth. A crown can also be designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of a tooth. While the actual process of placing a crown is nothing like veneers, their function is similar in that crowns can also be used to resolve similar cosmetic dental issues like chipped, cracked, or stained teeth.
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Helping you achieve excellent oral health in a friendly, comfortable setting is our primary concern. We will work closely with you through every step of your treatment from your initial assessment to your follow-up appointments. Our friendly dental staff will go out of their way to make you feel like family and ensure that every visit with us exceeds your expectations.
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