Porcelain Veneers & Crowns

Porcelain Crowns

  1. Can be used to produce significant color and shape changes for a tooth.
  2. Are often used to rebuild teeth that are badly broken or decayed.
  3. Are very strong. Dental crowns are a good choice in those situations where the tooth is subject to significant chewing and biting forces or else tooth clenching and grinding.
  4. Require a significant amount of tooth reduction when made.
  5. Once a crown has been made for a tooth the tooth will always require a dental crown.

Porcelain Veneers

  1. Can be used to produce significant color and minor shape changes for a tooth.
  2. Are placed on teeth whose underlying tooth structure is generally healthy and intact.
  3. Are strong but brittle. Porcelain veneers typically do best in those situations where the biting forces they are subject to are somewhat passive.
  4. Typically require much less tooth reduction than dental crowns.
  5. For all practical purposes, once a porcelain veneer has been made for a tooth the tooth will always require a veneering of some type, although this could be another porcelain veneer, possibly another form of tooth veneering, or else the tooth could be further reduced and a dental crown placed.