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Porcelain crown and porcelain veneer are both popular cosmetic procedure with the goal to help you get the perfect smile. On the other hand, many people still wonder whether to go for porcelain crown or veneer? Let's find out the answer through the article below.

What is porcelain crown? What is porcelain veneer?

Porcelain crown is the form of using one or more dentures of the same shape, color and size but does not have the inner intestine to cover the real teeth to restore or support other methods of dental work. These dentures are called crowns.

Ưu điểm của răng bọc sứ
Before and after porcelain crown

Veneer is a thin layer of porcelain shaped, the same color as the natural teeth attached to the front of the tooth, helping to hide the defects of real teeth and bring confidence when smiling. Porcelain veneers will be shaped and adjusted by dentists in the size, shape and color according to your natural teeth, helping the teeth look as natural as possible.

ưu điểm của veneer siêu mỏng
Before and after porcelain veneer

How to choose the right method for you?

Crowns will be suitable for people who have worn, chipped teeth or have just finished the process of root canal treatment, heavy fillings and need dental restorations.

In contrast, porcelain veneer is often applied to overcome small defects on the teeth such as the incisors, teeth dull due to antibiotics, ...

Method Porcelain crowns

Porcelain veneer

Pros
  • Naturally beautiful colors, similar to real teeth
  • All porcelain crowns are protected from the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
  • Changing and shaping according to customers' wishes to ensure optimal aesthetics
  • High durability depends on porcelain teeth and dental care, zirconia porcelain teeth have a lifespan of at least 15 - 25 years
  • Restoring fully chewing function just like real teeth
  • Naturally beautiful colors, similar to real teeth
  • Teeth are less abrasive than porcelain veneers. There are teeth that do not even need to be ground
  • Does not cause discomfort or constriction after application

Cons

  • Real teeth are abraded to make room for crowns, if grinding improperly will seriously affect teeth
  • Note that chewing hard foods can cause biting joints, which can lead to jaw joint disorders
  • Porcelain crowns metal will cause black gum line after a period of use, to overcome this, choose full-porcelain material or porcelain veneer
  • Porcelain crowns can be sensitive to very hot or cold foods and lead to gum pain. See a dentist if this condition gets worse
  • High price
  • Teeth can still be decayed
  • To perform it perfectly, a qualified dentist is required
  • Composite porcelain veneer is cheaper than full-porcelain veneer but the lifespan is only about 5-7 years

 

Cost of porcelain crown and porcelain veneer

The cost of porcelain veneer is often higher than that of porcelain crown due to the following factors:

  • Highly-skilled dentists: When applying veneer, only a very thin layer of teeth is needed, so dentists need meticulous abrasive techniques, being careful not to damage the whole process.
  • Professionally created veneer: To create a perfect veneer, fit snugly on the tooth surface while ensuring that the tooth color is not different, requiring technicians to have good manufacturing skills.
  • Modern equipment: In order to create professional and guaranteed porcelain veneer, it is necessary to rely on the support of modern and advanced equipment and machines.

Learn about the cost of these two methods through the following articles:

What should you ask when seeing a dentist?

If you are considering between dental porcelain crown and veneer, you should ask about dentist's cost and experience in both fields. Some other questions you might consider include:

  1. Are there any costs incurred when crowns do not fit correctly?
  2. How long is the lifespan of veneer and porcelain crown?
  3. Do you need to wear protective jaw?
  4. Are there special treatments for porcelain veneers or crowns?
  5. Can alternative methods be used such as removable dentures or implants?

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