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Porcelain crowns vs porcelain veneers? i have some messed up teeth due to years of neglect that i would like to fix. on dentists' website, i see before and after photos of both porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers. are those the same thing? are they use

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Dr. Zev Kaufman answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

The : The only real difference is that a veneer only covers the front of the tooth. A crown will go all the way around. The amount of tooth loss needed to be replaced dictate whether or a veneer or a crown is to be used. Properly made crowns and veneers, buy a quality dentist and laboratory are indistinguishable. Veneers are usually used to correct minor tooth shape and color issues. If a more extensive correction is needed, properly made crowns, which cover the rest of the tooth, will last longer.

Answered 10/3/2016

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A : A crown covers the entire tooth and supports it if there is considerable tooth structure lost to decay or breakage. It may be all porcelain, all metal or a combination of porcelain and metal. A veneer is a very conservative porcelain only restoration that is placed on the front surface of the tooth to correct esthetic issues or minor fractures. The veneer requires much less tooth removal then a crown but cannot be used in all situations. The life expectancy and strength of both is similar.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Mark Venincasa answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

It depends: Porcelain veneers can be used to reshape teeth to a degree and to close gaps or spaces between teeth. Veneers can also whiten teeth. For teeth that have large fillings or much decay, or for instances in which the tooth needs to be shaped differently to correct a bite issue or to enhance function, then a crown may be better.

Answered 2/25/2013

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A Little Different: They are the same material but crowns involve more reduction of the tooth structure, and veneers are minimal. If the teeth are really "messed up" as you put it, you may need crowns because this will give the dentist and the lab more room to fix things better.

Answered 4/9/2013

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Dr. April Ziegele answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Similar: Veneers cover less of your tooth than a crown does. They are often made out of the same material, and look very much the same.

Answered 4/17/2013

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