With so many restorative and cosmetic choices to choose from, it can be difficult to get them all straight. The differences between three of the most common restorative or cosmetic treatments: dental implants, dental crowns, and porcelain veneers.
This restorative solution consists of a titanium post, dental crown, and connecting abutment. One or more missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. Dental implants can also be used to secure a dental bridge or dentures for a more permanent restoration. The titanium posts are inserted into the jawbone and fuse to bone tissue over three to six months. After this healing period, the permanent abutment and dental crown are attached to the post. Dental implants make it easier for patients to eat and speak normally after treatment.
Dental crowns not only cover dental implants, they can also be used to cover damaged and discolored teeth. In addition, dental crowns are used to stabilize teeth after root canals or support anchor teeth in a dental bridge. Dental crowns cover teeth like caps, protecting them from further wear and tear. Custom-made dental crowns are fabricated for each individual patient and customized to a desired shape, size, and shade. Because they can be color matched to teeth, dental crowns can provide natural-looking results.
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment used to cover discolored teeth, repair misshapen teeth, and improve the appearance of chipped teeth. Crafted from an ultra-thin shell of porcelain ceramic, veneers are a restoration that covers the front and sides of teeth. To prepare the tooth for veneers, Dr. Greg Reece will remove a small amount of tooth structure. He will then bond the veneers to teeth for a long-lasting and natural look. Like dental crowns, porcelain veneers are customized to fit each patient’s desired color, size, or shape. They also have the form and function of natural teeth.
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Call Dr. Reece for treatment with dental implants, dental crowns, or porcelain veneers at 704.486.8911. The professionals at Dentistry of the Queen City are passionate about providing high-quality care to patients of all ages.