When it comes to enhancing your smile, it can be hard to choose the best route. It depends on what kind of care you need, what you are looking for in upkeep, your financial state, and how you want your smile to look. Luckily, at My STL Dentist, there are multiple techniques available to give you a winning and useful grin.
The material used for both veneers and porcelain crowns depends on your preference. There can be composite material used for both, or porcelain. Porcelain generally has a more natural color and reflection of light, while also lasting longer and maintaining through the wear and tear of your teeth. The composite material is cheaper to use and quicker to sculpt and can be done on the same day in-office. Your oral health and hygiene situation will require different methods.
If you choose a porcelain veneer, it is made of multiple ceramic layers that are actually intended to replace the tooth enamel entirely. A veneer is used to attach to the outside of a tooth that needs the reshaping or coloring. Usually, enamel is ground down to the lowest amount possible so that the veneer can cling to it and then shape itself naturally as possible.
Porcelain veneers are meant to be stronger and long-lasting. They are great to help repair fractured teeth, give a new body to a chipped tooth, or even cover up unsightly stains or coloring. They can even be used to assist with any bite issues.
A crown is meant to cap a tooth. That means it completely covers a tooth to replace the enamel that may have been lost or worn away. A crown covers right down to the gums, concealing the tooth above the gum line.
Crowning a tooth is meant to help a tooth regain its natural shape and strength of structure. It can help teeth that have suffered from tooth decay or are broken beyond use or recognition due to things like bruxism.
Porcelain crowns are used when there is not enough of the tooth to be salvaged or shaped, and they are meant to replace it.