What is the difference between a dental crown and a dental veneer?

November 20, 2017

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a dental crown and dental veneer? Or maybe even when they would be used or which would look better on you?

Dental veneers are used for cosmetic improvement to the front surface of a tooth. Commonly, light or minimal drilling is done to the unsightly tooth and an impression is taken to record the remaining tooth structure. When the final veneer is placed, it is commonly lighter in shade and more appealing to the eye with its shape, size and contour than the original tooth. This is just a “blanket” for a tooth and would not survive on patients with bad clinching/grinding habits or abnormal bite patterns. It would not survive because veneers may be popped off due to lack of retention or excessive force since they have minimal retention.

Crown versus veneer

Dental crowns not only serve as a cosmetic restoration but also completely cover the tooth. Crowns are similar to having a new “hat” for the tooth as it is used on fractured teeth, unsightly teeth and much more to improve appearance and function of the entire top of the tooth. Check out the photo of these incredible crowns below done right here at Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry!

Crowns at Schroeder Dentistry

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