Veneers or Crowns

crowns or veneers

crowns or veneersShoreline, Edmonds and Seattle WA

Veneers and crowns are two common aesthetic treatments provided at Hoag & Dotsch, near the Edmonds area. Patients interested in covering problem areas of the smile may educate themselves on these two solutions and talk with a dental professional to determine which one is most appropriate for their needs. Edmonds area dentists, Drs. John Hoag and Michelle Dotsch of Hoag & Dotsch, can help patients decide if they are better suited for porcelain veneers or crowns based on their desires and dental situation.

Both veneers and crowns are made of porcelain. Porcelain is commonly used in general and aesthetic dentistry because it closely mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Because of this, it fits in nicely in the smile and looks practically indistinguishable from the natural teeth. Aesthetic treatment should always blend in seamlessly with the existing teeth to ensure a beautiful finish.

Veneers are made to cover the front of the tooth, while crowns are made to cover all sides, including the top. When patients have extensive damage to a tooth or need to give it protection and stability, they may benefit more from a crown rather than a veneer. Veneers are done strictly for aesthetics while crowns are thicker and can provide strength and integrity to a natural tooth that may have experienced trauma or breakage.

Preparation for veneers and crowns are relatively similar. A thin portion of tooth enamel is removed before impressions are made. Impressions are used to allow a ceramist to fabricate the restoration with a precise fit. In most cases, crowns require more removal of the natural enamel than porcelain veneers as they are thicker and more likely to provide protection and not just aesthetic improvements.

Drs. John Hoag and Michelle Dotsch have been voted the best dental practice in the Shoreline area for five years in a row and have to thank their patients for this amazing honor. They continue to work hard to provide the best dental services in the Edmonds and Shoreline communities to ensure patients enjoy the benefits of good oral health and beautiful smiles!

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