When you hear the terms porcelain veneers, crowns, or implants, you may find yourself visualizing an artificial tooth. However, when it comes down to distinguishing between the three of these prosthetics, you may have a hard time sorting out what’s what. We encourage you to take a moment to become familiar with these treatments, so you gain a solid handle on what they look like and how they perform for a smile in need.
Porcelain veneers are cosmetic in nature, which means we offer them solely for the purpose of making your smile look better. We cannot suggest them for you if you have a problem with your oral health. They are very thin ceramic shells that we will place over only the front portion of each tooth. Imagine a shell that looks like the front half of a tooth. It is customized according to your needs and has a translucent, natural white finish to improve your smile.
Unlike porcelain veneers, crowns can offer both restorative and cosmetic benefits. The main function of a crown, which you can imagine as a full tooth with a hollow internal structure, is to cover your entire tooth. We offer crowns when your tooth is severely damaged or requires significant support. A crown offers cosmetic value when we place one crafted out of lifelike material (like porcelain or zirconia). However, metal crowns are strictly restorative in nature.
While you may imagine a tooth when you hear the term “implant,” it’s important to note that a dental implant is a titanium post. When implanted into your jaw tissue, it replaces missing roots. Then, when we “restore” your implant, we place a dental crown on top of it, the result of which is a full tooth replacement.
ABOUT YOUR TYLER, TX, DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Tyler, TX, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Tyler, TX, office today at (903) 758-5921. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our other location in Longview, TX.