Dental Veneers vs. Dental Crowns

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

In some ways, porcelain veneers have replaced many of the traditional uses of dental crowns. In the past, tooth crowns were the primary way to restore a tooth while improving the tooth's appearance. Now, porcelain veneers offer a much less invasive way to conceal cosmetic tooth imperfections. Dental crowns continue to be an effective way to restore tooth structure. You may need a dental crown:

  • After a root canal.
  • To restore a severely decayed tooth.
  • To restore an extensively cracked tooth.
  • To change the position of the bite.

To place a crown, a dentist must remove a substantial portion of the natural tooth. The crown is then placed over what is left of the natural tooth. Because a dental crown requires so much alteration of the natural tooth, a porcelain veneer is usually recommended when appropriate; however, tooth crowns remain an important option for people who are not candidates for porcelain veneers. Veneers offer durability but cannot restore the structure of a severely damaged tooth. Porcelain veneers effectively enhance the smile by correcting cosmetic problems, including:

  • Small chips
  • Small cracks
  • Stains
  • Gaps
  • Uneven length
  • Uneven size
  • Minor tooth wear

At Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry, Dr. Donald Wilcox can determine which treatment will be most beneficial to your smile and overall oral health. For porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns in the Phoenix, Arizona area, please contact Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry to schedule a consultation.