Could you please explain the difference between a 3/4 crown and a veneer when it comes to a peg laterals? Price difference?

Is it appropriate for a dentist to place a 3/4 crown instead of a veneer without any discussion or explanation when a patient payed for a veneer? How i know the only similarity they share is the material and durability. I would appreciate a detailed explanation.

Doctor Answers 4

3/4 crown and veneer is the same thing

There isn't much to explain. They are the same thing, Material is the same, the time spent is the same, so the fee is the same. 

Difference between 3/4 crown and veneer

Difference is the way to prepare and retention that will have your prosthetics. Porcelain Veneers for example are prepared just on the external/buccal surface of the tooth and just having a very little/minimum preparation on incisal without touching the lingual/palatine part of the tooth. There are some doctors that wants to have a higher retention converting a veneer into a 3/4 crown to provide better retention, but in this case is not a veneer anymore. On a regular basis a porcelain veneer and a 3/4 crown costs the same for a dentist depending on dental lab.

Jose Alonso, MD, DDS
Dominican Republic Dentist
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

¾ Crown and Veneer...The difference is mostly technical

The difference between a porcelain veneer and a ¾ crown is mostly a technical issue. With a peg lateral or other undersized tooth we frequently need to fill the space on the inside of the tooth to avoid unnatural contours   and gaps that would be created by a veneer on the front of the tooth. Once you wrap the ceramic onto the palatal side to do this it becomes a ¾ crown. The cost should be the same.

Richard A. Sousa, DDS
Roslyn Heights Dentist

Theyre exactly the same

The only difference between an actual veneer and a 3/4 crown is where the dentist feels the margin needs to be on the inside of the teeth based on many variables. Your dentist will use their clinical judgement to decide and thats the really the only difference between a veneer and a 3/4 crown. 

Hisham Kaloti, DDS
Mississauga Dentist
4.8 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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