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!