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Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Crowns

At Valley Dental Health, we emphasize patient education and look forward to answering any questions you have regarding your dental health. We provide an extensive menu of dentistry services to meet the needs of our patients. Two dental services that we provide in our Hunt Valley dental practice are porcelain veneers and dental crowns. While these two services may seem similar, they actually serve different purposes within your smile. Learn more about the differences between porcelain veneers and dental crowns below.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, ceramic shells that are crafted to cover the front-facing portion of your tooth. They are typically used to address cosmetic concerns like dental stains, minor chips, or to improve the overall uniformity of your smile. Patients can choose how many porcelain veneers they’d like to get based on their dentist’s recommendations. Often, patients will choose to have the most visible teeth when they smile covered with porcelain veneers to achieve a complete smile makeover. While porcelain veneers replace the front-facing portion of your tooth, most of your natural tooth structure remains intact underneath the veneers. The procedure does not require much enamel removal, making this a minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry service.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are porcelain caps designed to replace the entire exterior of a damaged or severely decayed tooth. They are typically used to address restorative concerns like severe dental decay or assorted dental damages. Because they replace the entire exterior of your tooth, dental crowns require a significant amount of enamel removal to make space for the restoration. The affected tooth is shaped down to its foundational core to support the dental crown. While dental crowns are more invasive of a procedure than porcelain veneers, they go beyond cosmetically restoring your tooth and instead restore the look, feel, and functionality of your smile. Patients appreciate dental crowns because they allow them to save the internal tooth-root structure of their natural tooth while still replacing the exterior of the tooth. Often, dental crowns help patients with severe dental concerns avoid the need for tooth extractions.

Schedule An Appointment

Looking for a dentist’s office in Hunt Valley, MD? Visit Valley Dental Health to learn more about porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and our other dental services. Schedule an appointment online, and we look forward to seeing you soon.