Veneers vs Crowns

Crowns or veneers? That’s one of the first things your dentist will consider when choosing which direction to take when reconstructing a tooth. The decision really comes down to how much tooth structure they have to work with. A crown covers the whole surface area of the tooth, while a veneer only covers the front surface. Both are effective cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the look of your teeth but can vary according to their functional use.

Dental Crowns

Most dental crowns are about 2mm thick. They cover the whole tooth and are ideal for rebuilding the strength of decayed or broken teeth. The beauty of dental crowns is they are a very durable option. They are ideal if you grind your teeth or your teeth are highly worn. Sometimes there is just not enough tooth structure to support a veneer. A crown can be used to look like a healthy tooth in a beautiful smile.

Not everyone is a Candidate

Dental crowns aren’t for everyone. Since a crown essentially screws into the bone of your jaw for a foundation, we naturally need to have enough bone to drill in. Unfortunately, if a tooth socket has been left empty for too long, the jaw starts to decay. Smokers, especially heavy smokers, may also have problems with dental crowns. Their jaw line may be too deteriorated. Also, smoking blocks blood flow, making it more difficult for your mouth to heal. You may not be able to recover properly from the procedure if you smoke. It depends on the individual.

The good news is quitting smoking can improve your body’s ability to heal. It’s never too late. It’s good for your health, and that includes dental health. That’s the professional advice of your Cincinnati dentist.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are ideal if your teeth have become discolored or chipped. They can be used to disguise any teeth irregularities you have, such as crooked teeth, gaps, or protrusions. It uses very little enamel and covers only the front portion of the tooth with a very thin layer, instead of the whole tooth. A veneer is essentially surface deep, whereas a crown covers the entire tooth.

Factors You and Your Dentist Will Consider

At its core, a veneer is more of a cosmetic dentistry procedure. Crowns are used to fix damaged or broken teeth. Both can be used to restore chipped or cracked teeth, but crowns are more comprehensive, whereas veneers are applied to the surface area only.
Since the crown covers the entire tooth, it provides comprehensive coverage over the damaged area. Crowns are often used to cap root canals to protect the tooth from further decay. Veneers on the other hand are used to cover stains and minor cracks.

More than Just a Cosmetic Dentist: We Offer Comprehensive Dental Work for All Your Family’s Needs

We are cosmetic dentistry specialists in the Cincinnati area, but we offer a complete range of dental services for your family. Essentially, we are a one stop shop for your family’s dental care. Whether you need a cleaning, checkup, emergency dental care, or a root canal, we’re happy to help. Beckham Square Family Dental is here to serve you.

Getting all your care under one roof has its advantages. Naturally, you’d seek a cosmetic dentist for such cosmetic procedures as teeth whitening and veneers, but working with a cosmetic specialist for other procedures is a good idea too. Any work you need done can be designed to beautify your smile. Whereas most dentists don’t pay as much attention to tooth color or how a filling will look in your smile, with us it’s always a primary consideration.

Beckham Square Family Dental is the combined practices of Dr. Andrea Schmerler and Dr. Scott Malavich. And yes, we’re accepting new patients. We’re great with kids. We’re gentle with adults. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form. We can’t wait to meet you!