The options can seem endless when it comes to replacing damaged or missing teeth. Ideally, the best way to select which option is best for you is by talking to a dental team in an individual one-on-one session. After examining your teeth and listening to other needs and concerns, Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry will be able to recommend either crowns or veneers.
Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantage of each:
Crowns, or dental caps, can be used to correct a variety of tooth issues. Typically, the crown is molded to match the original structure of your tooth and is then adhered to the remaining root of your original tooth. Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of oddly shaped or broken teeth, repair teeth after root canals, protected weakened teeth, correct gaps, repair decaying teeth, and as a base for dental bridges.
Pros and Cons of Crowns
While traditional crowns can usually take several visits to complete the process, new technology has now allowed for same-day crown placement. Using digital mapping technology, custom-sized CERC crowns are molded in minutes to match the space, color, and look of your other teeth. The advantages of this procedure are that it is relatively quick, painless, can last up to 15 years, and is often covered by insurance. One of the major downsides of crowns is that it requires a tooth root. If this is severely damaged, dental implants may be a better option.
Patients concerned with a myriad of factors in their smile may opt for veneers. Veneers consist of a very thin (yet durable) material that is bonded to the visible portion of your teeth. This procedure can help correct the appearance of gaps, uneven and misaligned teeth, irregularly shaped or broken teeth, and discoloration that cannot be corrected with teeth whitening.
Pros and Cons of Veneers
Veneers are a great, easy way to correct a variety of problems and give you a full, bright smile you love. They also leave more of your original tooth intact, making it a less invasive procedure over crowns. Some of the disadvantages are that you may need to be a bit more cautious about how you treat them. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, you should avoid chewing on ice, pens, nails, and other hard objects that may damage the thin veneers. It may also be difficult or impossible to correctly adhere veneers to teeth that are too damaged or missing too much enamel.
Finding the best fit for you
There are many pros and cons to crowns and veneers and choosing the right one is unique to each patient. If you are ready to correct your smile and increase your confidence, schedule an appointment Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today. We can discuss crowns, veneers, implants and other dental options with you to create a customized treatment plan that works for your specific needs.
Dental crowns are like a cap that fits snugly around the natural tooth. Crowns are made to mimic the look, function, and feel of natural teeth. Your dentist can customize them to fit the exact shade of the rest of your smile. If you were to examine the smile of someone with crowns, you’d never be able to tell the difference between the teeth with crowns and those without them. If you are considering dental crowns as a smile solution, you may have some questions before proceeding.
There are a number of reasons why your dentist might have recommended a crown. If you need a root canal, the tooth will likely need to be capped afterward. You’ll also need a crown if you’re going to get a dental bridge or if you have a tooth that is severely damaged or weakened from decay or physical trauma. For example, you might have cracked or completely broken a tooth during a sports activity.
Dental crowns are also used for cosmetic dentistry purposes, such as to cover up a tooth that is severely misshapen or discolored and won’t respond well to teeth whitening. In addition, crowns are used in dental implant procedures. They are the tooth-like prosthesis that caps the implant.
At most dental clinics, it requires two appointments. During the first appointment, you’ll have the exam. The dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown by filing it down or filling it in if it’s severely damaged. Then, an impression of the tooth will be taken. Normally, that impression must be sent to an off-site lab to get the crown custom-made. This can take about two weeks. Then, you’ll return to the office to have the crown put in place.
However, some dentists have invested in CEREC technology. This allows your crown to be custom-milled onsite and then immediately applied—with no need for a second appointment!
It varies from patient to patient. It can last as little as five years or as many as several decades or longer! In some cases, the crown can outlast the tooth underneath it. The tooth may develop a cavity, for instance. You can help your crown and your natural teeth last as long as possible by taking good care of your oral health. Visit your dentist every six months, brush at least twice daily, and floss at least once daily.
If you still have questions about dental crowns, or if you’ve decided to get one, you can schedule a one-on-one consult with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We’re proud to offer CEREC technology, which enables you to get your crown in just one appointment! When you make your appointment, be sure to ask us about other cosmetic dentistry treatments, including teeth whitening, Invisalign, and porcelain veneers.
Call our South Huntington dental office today! We work with most major insurance carriers and also participate in flexible payment options.
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