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Veneers and Crowns

What You Need to Know Before Deciding Which is Right for You

Our teeth are meant to last for our entire lives, however there are times that damage to our teeth is simply unavoidable. Chipped or broken teeth can occur from many types of accidents, from tooth decay, from broken fillings and, unfortunately, once your permanent teeth have grown in you have no other teeth waiting to replace them. Therefore, a dentist has to find the right solution for the problem. Most of the time the issue can be alleviated by veneers or crowns depending on the circumstance and what needs to be fixed. We can also desire to improve the way our teeth look and veneers can be a perfect solution.

What are Veneers? What are Crowns?

Veneers are ultra thin but very durable sheets of porcelain that can be used to improve the appearance of teeth. Crooked teeth, misshapen teeth, discolored teeth and teeth with spacing can all be made into beautiful, natural looking smiles with porcelain veneers. They are professionally sculpted and custom made to fit both the color and shape of your smile so no one will ever know they are there. They are a very conservative way to attain a beautiful smile.

A traditional crown encases the entire tooth. They can be used on front teeth and on back teeth. The newest all ceramic materials are very natural looking and can also be used to replace older style porcelain fused to metal crowns. Teeth that have broken, decayed, or have very large fillings may be restored with crowns.

How Much Does a Dental Veneers and Crowns Cost?

It is hard to put a price on a beautiful smile that lights up a room, but the cost of veneers will range from $1500-$2500 per tooth depending upon the specific type of dental veneer the patient requires. The cosmetic dentist and ceramist combine their training and artistic skills to create custom radiant smiles. If that seems a bit pricey, imagine going through life with broken and unattractive teeth. The first thing people notice about you is your smile and beautiful teeth could mean the difference between you being the face of a company and being stuck put in the back office where no one will see you. The dental veneer price is minimal compared to what they may do for both your social as well as your professional life.

The price of a crown in around $1500. The type of ceramic material and the condition of the underlying tooth can affect the price.

Does Getting a Crown or Veneer Hurt?

With all this talk about dental restorations such as porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns you may be wondering if getting veneers hurts or is getting a dental crown painful? Dentists have been putting in dental restorations such as veneers and crowns for many years. A professional dentist will do everything within their power to ensure that the patient is completely comfortable and will likely be under anesthetic for the duration of the procedure. Today’s local anesthetics are very gentle to administer and there are new techniques that can be sprayed on.

Why Do People Get Dental Crowns and Veneers?

Both crowns and veneers require minimal amount of care in order to stay healthy. You simply need to brush regularly and floss every day. Of course, you still need to have your teeth cleaned regularly. Your dental hygienist will clean your veneers and crowns with a special trophy paste made to keep them smooth and shiny. Porcelain veneers and crowns usually do not stain like natural teeth.

Do You Need Veneers or Crowns Today?

If you live in Chicago or Pittsburgh and wish your smile could be a bit nicer, come to Dr. Susan McMahon Accredited Cosmetic Dentist. We will make your smile all that it can be so that you have one less thing to worry about as you go through your daily routine. Get noticed with a great smile. Contact us to find out how we can make it happen for you today.

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