Is A Crown the Same as A Veneer?

Cosmetic Dentistry

Our San Mateo dental office gets plenty of questions about our cosmetic dental services, with inquiries about everything from prices and pain management to insurance plans and explanations about the various procedures we offer. One of the most common questions is about crowns and veneers.

A crown is not the same as a veneer. The two procedures are actually very different and solve different dental problems.

Dental veneers are popular with patients because they are porcelain laminates that can solve numerous concerns such as brightening stained teeth, closing a space between two teeth, or repairing a cracked or chipped tooth.

Veneers are made specifically for each patient and are matched in color to existing teeth, giving a natural result quickly. It’s a preferred method of fixing smaller dental issues to boost the confidence of a patient.

A crown also has that same effect, but the procedure is vastly different. A crown is a “cap” that covers an existing tooth. This kind of procedure is used for functional results, including supporting and strengthening weakened teeth, and is commonly done after procedures such as an extensive filling or a root canal.

The crown itself is placed over your tooth after it has been trimmed down. The crown can be made from gold, porcelain fused to metal, or pure white porcelain to make the crown look completely natural.

If you have questions about our procedures or which would be best for you, please visit us at Cosmetic Dentistry in San Mateo or give us a call today. We’d love to answer your questions about our procedures and give you the best and most efficient result for your smile.