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Porcelain Veneers versus a Crown: Which is right for you?

Gone are the days of being unhappy with your smile, but understanding your options can be overwhelming. If your teeth have spaces between them, are crooked, chipped, or discolored, dental crowns and porcelain veneers may be an option for you. Understanding the difference between these two options is not something you will have to do alone, as the friendly staff at the office of Dr. Paul Reese in Mountain Home, Arkansas is here to help. Below you will find the comparison between veneers and crowns to assist you in scheduling your consultation. 

Porcelain veneers consist of several thin layers of ceramic that are applied to the original tooth. In order for the veneer to look natural, a small amount of enamel must be removed. Once the enamel has been removed from the front and sides of each tooth, your dentist will take an impression of the prepared teeth. From here, the impressions will be sent to a laboratory in order to ensure each veneer fits perfectly. Upon the return of the fabrication, your dentist will then use a dental adhesive to bond each veneer to the specific tooth.

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Advantages
  • Creates a natural look 
  • Resists staining 
  • Minimal damage to the natural tooth
  • Long lasting
Disadvantages
  • Non-reversible
  • Can take up to 14 days to receive the final product from the laboratory
  • Although strong, they can be brittle
  • Costly


Dental crowns are covers or “caps” that can be placed onto a tooth to restore the tooth to its normal function and shape. Crowns are made from several types of materials: porcelain, metal alloys, ceramic, composite resin, or a combination of those listed. To prepare a tooth for a crown, the outer portion of the tooth must be removed along with any decay. An impression is made, and a temporary crown is then placed while you wait for the laboratory to complete the finished crown. Once completed, your dentist will use cement to ensure the crown will stay in place.

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Advantages 

  • Long lasting
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Support broken or damaged teeth
  • Virtually fracture resistant

Disadvantages

  • Larger tooth reduction


Whether you are looking to repair a tooth that is chipped, decayed, or discolored, you do not have to make a decision alone. Call Dr. Paul Reese in Mountain Home, Arkansas today at (870) 424-5900 or visit www.reesedenistry.com to see all our services and to schedule your consultation to determine if a porcelain veneer or dental crown is right for you.



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