Can a Porcelain Veneer Be Placed(tooth #10)next to a Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crown(tooth #9)?

Can a porcelain veneer be placed on my tooth (#10) which is next to my porcelain-fused-to-metal tooth crown (#9)?

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Veneer next to crown

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The answer is yes. The challenge is to match the two closely in appearance in many aspects, shade, hue, color, and transparency. 

Advice: use all porcelain on both at the same time, you'll end up doing it anyway, and meanwhile you may not be happy .


Orange County Dentist

Veneering adjacent teeth

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Placing veneers next to crowns is done all of the time, but making them match perfectly is a challenge, especially if the materials are different (porcelain fused to metal vs all porcelain).


Depending on your level of expectation, you may need to spend a little extra and see a dentist that has extra training in cosmetics, as they usually use better labs.

Veneers: Porcelain Veneer adjacent to porcelain fused metal

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Absolutely. A skilled cosmetic dentist should be able to achieve a cosmetically appealing outcome working in close conjunction with an expereinced lab.

Best of luck.

James Asaf, DDS

James Asaf, DDS
Beverly Hills Dentist

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Yes Of Course It Can Be Done

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Yes of course it can be done. However, I would recommend your dentist not to use a PFM Crowns and use instead a full porcelain crown. But the results can be wonderful and of course it is done all the time.


Porcelain veneer next to a PFM crown

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Absolutely!! porcealin veneers look so natural and will be a great match to the rest of your teeth. Some people can tell the differences between solid porcelain and porcelain fused to metal, the reason is because the metal coping under the porcelain with PFM can make the porcelain looks opaque, which with solid porcelain it does not happen because of the transulency and materials used for solid porcelain restoration. Regardless if your dentist select a googd matching shade you will be happy. Keep in mind, make sure you are happy before it get cemented on.

Pamela Marzban, DDS
Fairfax Dentist

Porcelain Veneer next to PFM crown

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The aesthetic cases require artistic touch to the lab work. Porcelain veneer can be done next to the PFM crown and look absolutely natural. The experienced dentist can easily define the color for the veneer or ask his lab technician for the help.

Porcelain veneer next to PFM

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The technical answer to your question is yes.  However, there are esthetic challenges.  PFMs have very little call in contemporary dentistry.  They tend to be opaque,, require more reduction and have less esthetics.  To match a veneer to a PFM, you would have to try to drop the esthetics of the veneer to the crown, which is hard to do since light passes all the way through a veneer/tooth system and has different optical properties than a PFM.  I would suggest to get the optimal result, replace the PFM and do two new eMAX all-ceramic crowns.

Lawrence Singer, DMD
Washington Dentist
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Can a Porcelain Veneer Be Placed next to a Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crown?

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There are many types of crowns (and veneers). Different kinds are optimal in certain situations.

YES you can have a veneer next to a Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crown. In these situations, it takes a high skill level on the cosmetic dentist's part as well as the ceramist to create a result that looks fantastic.

In some cases a PFM crown has only limited aesthetics, so making a veneer match can sometimes actually detract from the overall look of your smile.

First, decide if you LOVE the PFM crown, if so then make whatever new type of crown is necessary to match it.

If there is any chance you are not crazy about the PFM crown, then a good cosmetic dentist will help you discover your options. Sometimes the best way to match them is to actually work on both teeth at the same time.


Ask your question directly to a great cosmetic dentist- they will help clarify your options, your budget and help you set the course to have a great result!


Veneer Next to Porcelain to Metal Crown

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Technically this is no problem.  It is just a greater challenge for the lab to match the color ot the two restorations due to the different materials and the different way they relect light.

Porcelain Veneer Can be Placed Next to a PFM Crown

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }} NOT expect them to be a perfect match esthetically. It all depends on what level of "perfection" you are expecting. Make sure you discuss this IN ADVANCE with the dentist.

Jay Neuhaus, DDS
New York Dentist

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.