Crown or Veneer: Which is Best?

Dental Procedures Atlanta GAIf you need to restore or enhance an unsightly tooth, there are many options available today in modern dentistry. Two of the most popular options are dental crowns and dental veneers. While both veneers and crowns can achieve excellent, long-term results, there are some key differences that can make one option better than the other for each patient.

What is a Veneer?

A veneer is typically a wafer-thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the front of a tooth. The porcelain is color-matched to your natural teeth. Veneers are strong but also brittle in some ways. They are most often used as a cosmetic treatment on the front, visible teeth of your smile. Veneers can cover up stains, chips and gaps within your smile, but they do not actually treat or fix the dental issues underneath.

What is a Crown?

Unlike a veneer, a dental crown encases all surfaces of a tooth. It can be made of metal, porcelain or a combination of both. It is about double the thickness of a veneer, which makes it more durable and resistant to cracking or chipping. A crown is most often used restoratively, to help replace missing tooth with a dental implant or to strengthen a tooth that has suffered severe damage or disease.

Tooth Prep Differences

One of the key distinctions between a veneer and crown is how they are placed, or what preparations need to be done to the affected tooth beforehand. In both cases, removal of natural tooth structure is necessary. Veneers are considered more conservative since less of the tooth needs to be removed, which is typically just a thin layer of enamel. A crown, on the other hand, can require between 60% and 75% of the existing visible tooth to be trimmed away before it can be placed.

Which One is Right For Me?

A dentist can best guide you into which solution is best for you. In most cases, a dentist will address the following questions in order to determine your candidacy for either a veneer or crown:

  • Is your concern primarily cosmetic or functional in nature?
  • Is the tooth diseased, badly damaged or decayed?
  • Are your aesthetic issues minor or major?
  • Is the tooth in the front or back of your mouth?
  • Is the inner portion of the tooth compromised?
  • Are the edges of the tooth damaged (from grinding, etc)?
  • Will your insurance cover a crown but not a veneer?

At the office of Dr. Wayne Suway, we offer both crowns and veneers. We have a keen understanding about which solution is best for each patient. Please schedule your consult today and take a step towards a more confident smile!

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD – Atlanta Dentist
1820 The Exchange SE, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (770) 953-1752

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I have known Dr. Suway for 30 years. My parents found him originally and made me a believer and life long friend and patient. In the years since, I have recommended my husband, son and friends. I would hear that going to the dentist was a fear of many people. I could never understand that because it was always a pleasure to come to Dr. Suway’s office. His staff are so professional, gentle and kind. It’s nice to see the same faces twice a year. You can tell they love working with him. I tell people that Dr. Suway gives the best shots – you can’t even feel a pinch. My son who hates needles, has no problem getting a shot for a filling. I love Dr. Suway’s personality. When you walk in the office you might hear him singing a country western song. I have porcelain veneers on my front teeth and am so thrilled. It’s been 10 years and they are still white and beautiful. He is an artist and perfectionist who loves to make people happy. I recommend Dr. Suway to become your dentist. He is a man of character and professionalism, yet down to earth. If you choose Dr. Suway, you’ll get an excellent dentist, but also a friend for life.

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Through the years, we have found Dr. Suway to be a skillful perfectionist in all areas of his profession. He keeps abreast of and utilizes the latest dental techniques to improve and ensure the longevity of his patient’s teeth. He is a caring, personable professional who always greets his patients with a sincere, ready smile. Dr. Suway is also a ‘confidence booster.’ I say this because by the time I was 30 years old I was wearing dentures. He immediately recognized a self-conscious young wife, mother and professional who needed his professional help. His approach to boosting my confidence was through dental implants. At that time dental implants were a relatively new procedure. Dr. Suway carefully explained to me the advantages of dental implants and was proactive in working with my insurance provider to ensure that they understood the correlation between the required dental procedures and health plan benefits. I can smile with confidence forever because of Dr. Suway. Dr. Suway’s staff is a mirror image of his positive professionalism. They are always courteous, knowledgeable, efficient and personable. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience. You know that your time is valued because at the precise time of your appointment you are greeted, then immediately seen by either Dr. Suway or a hygienist. His work is outstanding and he is one of a kind.

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My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Suway since 1988. Dr. Suway and his staff have provided us with state-of-the-art oral health care in a pleasant, friendly and compassionate environment for many years. Dr. Suway has done many procedures for me including root canals, crowns and a bridge. His work is beautiful. He is truly a perfectionist and that is exactly what I want in a dentist. I would never trust my smile to anyone other then Dr. Suway.