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When it comes to dental restoration, it’s important to understand the difference between veneer and crown.

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain or other materials, usually about 1mm thick, that are bonded to the front of an existing tooth. On the other hand, crowns are thicker, usually about 2mm, and cover the entire tooth.

They can be made of porcelain, metal alloy, or a combination of both.

The choice between a veneer or a crown will depend on the condition of your teeth and the specific issue you’re trying to address, such as discolored, chipped, cracked, broken, decayed, or weakened teeth.

What’s involved with getting a veneer?

To get a veneer, your dentist will take an impression of your prepared tooth digitally or through a mold, which may need to be sent to a lab for processing. In some cases, a temporary veneer may be placed on the tooth until the permanent one is ready.

What’s involved with getting a crown?

The process of getting a dental crown involves various steps. Initially, the dentist will create an impression of the tooth by digitally scanning it or making a mold. This impression or mold will be sent to a lab for the fabrication of the permanent crown if the dental office doesn’t have an in-house facility.

While the permanent crown is being made, a temporary crown may be placed on the ground-down tooth to allow you to use it. Once the permanent crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit the permanent crown onto your tooth, ensuring that it fits correctly and your bite is right.

Finally, the new crown will be cemented into place. However, teeth with crowns may undergo movement that can alter your bite, requiring crown adjustments.

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