Ben and Gary Show - Episode 4

May 21, 2018

Porcelain Veneers or Crowns?

After viewing Episode 3, viewers asked the doctors when to use veneers instead of crowns. In this video, they answer.

What Is The Difference Between A Crown And A Veneer?

A crown is a thimble-like cap on a tooth. A veneer is a thin porcelain material covering the front surface of a tooth.

A veneer is a more conservative procedure.

What Determines Whether A Crown Or Veneer Is The Best Choice?

The condition of the tooth is what determines whether a crown or a veneer is the best choice. The doctors prefer the option that gives you the best result for the longest period of time.

What Conditions Favor A Crown?

A tooth with these conditions are unable to support a veneer and require a crown -

  • Too many fillings
  • Too little enamel - veneers attach best to enamel
  • Habits that can fracture veneers such as nail biting, pencil chewing
  • Other bite forces that can fracture veneers such as teeth alignment

These conditions are best remedied with crowns -

  • Dark teeth than show through the translucent veneer
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Slightly rotated tooth

 If you have questions for the doctors, select the blue 'ask a question' box, or click here.



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