Difference Between Crowns and Veneers?

Is there a big difference between crows and veneers other than price? How much more costly is it?

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Difference between crowns and veneers

Depending on the treatment goal, your dentist may choose to do crowns or veneers. The basic difference is veneers need less preparation of tooth surface most of the times it is only the visible  front and the sides of the teeth versus a crown needs preparation of the tooth 360* . On the material aspect both of these use ceramic but a crown may have metal. You can discuss in detail with the treating dentist which one is the best for you. Good luck.

San Jose Dentist

Porcelain Veneers and Crowns...the Difference

You've gotten great answers so far.  Usually they cost about the same, and even though veneers require less removal of tooth structure, they are often more difficult and exacting...because a well-trained cosmetic dentist needs to know WHICH tooth structure to not remove!

Crowns cover the whole tooth, while veneers cover the front and wrap around the sides and biting edge.  Since veneers are thinner they are often more delicate than crowns, but also more conservative and a great choice if the teeth are healthy and just need cosmetic improvement.

Chris Bowman, DDS
Charlotte Dentist

Difference between a crown and a veneer

The difference between a crown in a veneer are usually in the amount of tooth that needs to be prepared and as well the thickness of the porcelain. Covers the entire surface of the two whereas a veneer only covers the front and bottom portion of the tooth.  A veneer is much more conservative than a crown and when possible veneers should always be considered. A crown is more commonly referred to as a "cap".  Either came a man of all porcelain but crowns sometimes are made out of porcelain and gold.

Keith Blankenship, DDS
Jacksonville Dentist

Crowns and Veneers Cost the Same

Dental crowns and veneers typically cost exactly the same price. They are made from the exact same materials and essentially take the same amount of chair time. The only difference is that veneers cover only the outer surface of the tooth, while dental crowns cover the tooth 360 degrees. Both should be bonded to your tooth and look very aesthetic once completed. Leave it to a well trained cosmetic dentist to decide if a porcelain veneer or porcelain dental crown is right for you.

Scott Young, DDS
Houston Dentist
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Cost comparison; veneers and crowns

A porcelain veneer is a decidedly more conservative restoration than a crown. However, that also makes it a more technically demanding restoration, from the preparation of the tooth to the temporization of the tooth to the final placement of the veneer. When crowns are needed they are simpler but more invasive because they cover the entire tooth and involve more tooth removal. When a veneer can be done it is much thinner and usually involves only the front, sides and top of the tooth.  A veneer on a front tooth leaves the tooth much stronger in the long run than if a crown is done. A veneer can sometimes cost more than a crown depending on the situation.

Ted Murray, DDS
Dubuque Dentist

Differences between Crowns and Veneers

In most cases, crowns and veneers are roughly the same cost.  They can even be made out of the same materials.  A crown replaces all the enamel on a tooth where a veneer is a bit more conservative and often only covers the front , top and sides of the tooth (the part that you see) and does not cover the entire tongue side of the tooth.  Either restoration is beautiful, the difference between which you use is determined by whether large existing fillings and cracks are present in a tooth.  If so a crown is likely the better choice, if not a veneer would be a better alternative.

Cate Vieregger, DDS
Denver Dentist
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These days, can be pretty similar

Today with bonded all porcelain dentistry, the line is somewhat blurred between the two.  In our office the patients needs dictate which restoration is right on a tooth by tooth basis.  My fee is the same for either procedure as the planning and expertise are where the real time and effort is spent.  The procedures are fairly comparable in terms of time.

John Whittemore, DDS
Memphis Dentist
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Crowns or veneers depends on the treatment goal

Typically, the determination of whether a patient should have veneers or crowns is based on what the patient and dentist are looking to achieve.

While both procedures can be highly aesthetic the two treatments have different uses. Typically veneers are used when a patient would like to improve the shape and color of their teeth. Crowding and excess space issues can also be alleviated. Veneers are thin (approximately finger nail thickness) beautifully shaped porcelain that is customized for each individual patient.

Frequently, crowns are used in cases in which there is less tooth structure due to tooth decay or in cases in which a tooth has undergone root canal therapy or trauma. Crowns can achieve all of the aesthetic advantages of veneers and should only be used when necessary.

Ryan Sellinger, DMD
Manhattan Dentist

All porcelain Crowns and Veneers cost is similar

I do alot of all veneer, all porcelain crown (in anterior) and mixed cases (veneers and crowns) . Both need same amount of care in preplanning, preparation, temporization, color choice, etc

Crowns are 360 degrees around the tooth as veneers are the front facing of the tooth and a bit on the sides and around the back of the tooth. Your dentist will make a decision on a multiple of factors which is best for you.

Jennifer Jablow, DDS
New York Dentist

Differences between crowns and veneers

Crowns and veneers differ in the amount and type of tooth preparation needed. In other words, a dentist has to grind away more of your tooth to place a crown. A crown covers the whole tooth (picture a thimble over your finger) vs. just the front surface of the tooth (picture a 'press-on' fingernail). Crowns may differ from veneers in the material as well; veneers are made of porcelain, while crowns may be all-porcelain or a porcelain/metal combination. At my practice, for a smile design, a crown costs the same amount as a veneer.

Susan Goode Estep, DMD
Atlanta Dentist
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