Because of its close resemblance to natural teeth, porcelain is the perfect material with which to do dental restoration. Two of the most common types of dental restoration are crowns and veneers.
A crown is basically the entirety of a visible tooth, so when you receive a crown it is because your natural tooth has been compromised beyond its structural integrity. In this case, the damaged tooth is prepared by reducing its mass until it becomes a base for the porcelain crown to sit upon, capping what is left of the natural tooth, and providing support while also presenting and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
The dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that adheres to the face of a tooth, typically only the visible ones in front that are revealed when you smile. Only slight preparation of the surface of a tooth need be done to cement the veneer, and it will cover such imperfections as shape, size, color, and vertically-challenged teeth.
The main difference between crowns and veneers is the amount of surface preparation needed before bonding them to the affected tooth. Obviously, crowns reduce more of the original tooth, while veneers require very little surface prep. Thankfully, with the use of porcelain, your artificial teeth end up looking as though they are your natural teeth.
If you would like to speak to our dentist about porcelain crowns or veneers, call Dr. Harrison Keith III and our helpful team at Dr. Harrison Keith III. Phone: 910-763-8129. Make an appointment or come by our office in Wilmington, North Carolina.