With so many restorative and cosmetic choices, it can be difficult to get them all straight. The three most common restorative and cosmetic treatments are dental implants, dental crowns, and porcelain veneers. Learn about the differences between them below.
Dental implants are the most popular option for replacing missing teeth. This restorative option consists of a titanium post, a dental crown or prosthetic, and a connecting abutment. Our dentist can replace one or more of your missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants can also secure a dental bridge or dentures for a more permanent dental prosthetic.
The first step includes inserting the titanium posts into the jawbone, and letting them fuse to the bone tissue over three to six months. After this healing period, our dentist will attach the permanent abutment and dental crown to the post.
Dental implants make it easier for patients to eat and speak normally after treatment. Learn more about dental implants.
Dental crowns are a very versatile option. Our dentist can use them to cover damaged and stained teeth. In addition, dental crowns can strengthen teeth after root canals or support anchor teeth on a dental bridge.
Dental crowns cover teeth like caps, protecting them from further wear and tear. Dental crowns are more durable than porcelain veneers because they are more resilient and can withstand chewing forces better. Porcelain veneers on the other hand will chip away with time. Dental crowns also cost less than porcelain veneers because they require less work and materials to create them.
Our dental lab can fabricate custom-made dental crowns for each individual patient. We customize them to fit your desired shape, size, and shade. Because we can color-match them to your teeth, dental crowns will provide natural-looking results. Learn more about dental crowns.
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment that can cover stained teeth, repair misshapen teeth and chipped teeth. They can even elongate short and worn down teeth. Veneers are a great option if you need to cover up small imperfections in your smile like chips or cracks on your teeth.
Veneers are a restoration that covers the front and sides of teeth. They fit over the front of your tooth and can consist of porcelain or composite resin. We craft them from an ultra-thin shell of porcelain ceramic.
Dr. Greg Reece will remove a small amount of tooth structure to prepare the tooth for veneers. He will then bond the veneers to teeth for a long-lasting and natural look. Porcelain veneers are custom like dental crowns. We can adjust them to fit each patient’s desired color, size, or shape. They also have the form and function of natural teeth. Learn more about porcelain veneers.
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Call Dr. Reece for treatment with dental implants, dental crowns, or porcelain veneers at 704-486-8911. The Dentistry of the Queen City professionals are passionate about providing high-quality care to patients of all ages.