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When Are Porcelain Crowns a Better Option Than Veneers?

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The latest advances in dental care make it possible to address a wide range of concerns, and many popular techniques have overlapping benefits. Choosing the best approach will depend on the patient’s unique needs and goals. For instance, porcelain dental crowns and porcelain dental veneers are two procedures that can be used to achieve similar ends. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Rafael Yanez, can use either treatment for a restorative or cosmetic purpose (or both). That said, one or the other will likely offer a better result depending on the situation.

Porcelain crowns are more commonly used in restorative treatments, often for dental conditions that are more extensive than what would be used for a porcelain veneer. Part of the reason for this is because more of the tooth’s natural surface will be removed so that a crown can be placed on top. This may be the best approach for teeth that are severely damaged and lack the structural integrity to function properly.

Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are more often used in cosmetic treatments. Veneers are considered a less invasive approach to addressing mild to moderate dental imperfections, as less of the natural tooth enamel will be removed. Dental veneers are thin shells or “caps” that attach to the front of the tooth only, and they can improve the appearance of stains and discoloration, minor gaps and some cases of misalignment, cracks, and chips.

At our practice, we utilize the most advanced techniques and technology available in an effort to provide unsurpassed results. To learn more about porcelain crowns and veneers, we encourage you to contact our team.

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