Two of the most popular procedures at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium are dental crowns and porcelain veneers. Many patients don’t understand the difference between the two. Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements.
A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of extremely strong ceramic laminate. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold.
Both crowns and veneers are affixed to the tooth with special adhesive. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.
Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but dental crowns are ordinarily a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can alter the shape of a tooth, correct a minor crack, cover stains, or improve the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.
If you would like more information about crowns, porcelain veneers, and other procedures, please schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation.
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