Dental Crown vs. Veneer

Veneer vs. Crown – Which is Better for a Fractured Tooth?

There are several options available to treat a fractured tooth. Two of the most common are veneers and crowns. But how do you choose between the two options? In this article, we are going to talk about veneers vs. crowns and the various benefits and drawbacks of each.

Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers are facings made of porcelain or tooth colored filling material used to improve aesthetics by changing shape, color and sometimes position of teeth. They can also be used to repair a fractured edge of a front tooth. Veneers are less invasive to the tooth, but are technique sensitive and therefore can be more costly than crowns.

Dental Crowns

Compared to veneers, crowns involve removing more tooth structure and involve complete coverage of the tooth in either porcelain or gold. Crowns, sometimes referred to as caps, are necessary when fractures are large, root canals have been performed, or large fillings exist. From a restorative perspective, it is always best to retain as much natural tooth structure  and be the least invasive to the tooth as possible. Sometimes, due to the circumstances listed above (root canal, large filling, large fracture), a crown may be the only good option.

Smiles for Life Dental Clinics

Dr Tim Brooks is a family and cosmetic dentist serving Bloomington and the surrounding areas. For years, Dr Brooks has been providing quality, compassionate care to patients with a wide range of dental needs. At Smiles for Life, we offer a wide variety of dental health services-from regular cleanings, to professional teeth whitening, to implants and bridges. Contact us today at one of our Minnesota dental clinics to set up your appointment with Dr. Brooks!

Dental Crowns

What is a Dental Crown & When Might You Need One?

There are a wide variety of procedures that dentists perform to protect and restore teeth. One of the more common procedures is the dental crown. But if you’ve never had one done, you may have a lot of questions about dental crowns, how they work, and when they’re useful. This article is all about dental crowns. We’ll explain what they are and when you might need one.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is restoration procedure in which a problematic tooth is either capped or completely encircled with a very strong porcelain to match the other teeth. Dental crowns are typically necessary when a large cavity puts at risk the future health of a tooth. However, this is not the only use for crowns. There are several scenarios in which a dental crown may be necessary, including:

  • Fixing a chipped tooth
  • Covering broken or worn fillings
  • Covering a root canal
  • Attaching a bridge
  • Covering an implant
  • Protecting a weak tooth

In addition to protecting teeth, crowns can significantly improve the shape, appearance, and alignment of your teeth.


At Smiles for Life, we use the CEREC 3D system for crowns and bridges. This system uses 3D modeling and precision scanning to fit your crowns precisely to your teeth. Perhaps best of all, it allows us to speed up the process significantly!

Bloomington Dental Clinic

If you’re in need of a dental crown, look no further than Smiles for Life Dental. Dr. Tim Brooks has been treating patients in Minnesota for many years, and is well-respected among his patients and his peers. We work with each and every one of our patients to make sure they receive compassionate care. Give us a call today to set up your appointment with Dr. Brooks at one of our Minnesota dental clinics (located in Bloomington).