Primecare Dental Explain Veneers vs Crowns

Monday 31 May 2021, 8:27PM
By Beckie Wright

Veneers and crowns are both dental restoration methods that can improve the look and function of your teeth. The main difference is that a veneer covers only the front of your tooth and a crown covers the entire tooth. Dental restoration procedures are costly, so it's important to know which one may be best for you. 

Primecare give us a look at the differences between veneers and crowns, the pros and cons of each, and how they’re used, starting with veneers. Veneers are not as invasive as crowns, because the preparation leaves more of your original tooth intact. The dentist will make an impression of your prepared tooth by digitally scanning it or using a mold. Depending on how much your tooth was trimmed, you may have a temporary veneer placed on the tooth until the new one is ready. When ready, the permanent veneer will replace the temporary one. It will be bonded to the tooth with a special cement and hardened with an ultraviolet lamp. 

With a crown, more of the tooth needs to be filed or ground down to prepare for the crown placement. If you have tooth decay, your dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth before making the crown. In this case, your tooth may need to be built up to support the crown. Your tooth may also need to be built up if it’s damaged. You may have a local anesthetic for this procedure. 

The dentist may place a temporary crown on your ground-down tooth so that you can use your tooth while the permanent crown is being made. When the permanent crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown. They’ll then place the permanent crown on your tooth and will adjust it so that it fits correctly and your bite is right. Then they’ll cement the new crown into place. 

How do you know which one is right for you? Primecare Dental say, “If your tooth has a large filling, a root canal, or is very worn or cracked, a crown is likely the best option. If your tooth is basically intact and the restoration is for cosmetic purposes, a veneer may be the best option”.  

The most important things to consider when deciding between veneers and crowns are that porcelain laminate veneers require less tooth reduction than full crown coverage preparations. They are also more aesthetically pleasing, when indicated, so for more information on invisible braces and dental crowns please go to .