Crown Or Veneer?

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Winston-Salem Dental Group offers multiple cosmetic dental procedures for creating sensational smiles. Two of the most popular procedures are dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

Many patients don’t understand the difference between the two. Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements.

In short: a dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth.

Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), from porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Veneers are made of several layers of extremely strong ceramic laminate.

Both crowns and veneers are affixed to the tooth with a special adhesive. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Crowns and veneers are available from Winston-Salem Dental Group. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Crowning Achievements In Dentistry

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Today’s message looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: the dental crown, available from Winston-Salem Dental Group.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the discovery of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to fabricate fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

Consider the physical and chemical requirements of this incredible item. It must withstand forces of 162 pounds per square inch (PSI), hundreds of times a day – day after day, year after year. It must be resistant to cracking and chipping. But there’s a catch regarding its durability; it must not damage the enamel on opposing teeth. This material must also maintain its size and shape and be resistant to shrinking.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials required for specific appliances. It must be biocompatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t trigger allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

And we haven’t even discussed the artistic properties yet. Ideally, this amazing material would look exactly like genuine teeth in color, opacity, and translucence.

Of course, we know that such a material exists because dental restorations have been around for a long time. Nowadays, there are several materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are exceptionally strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s aesthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

Winston-Salem Dental Group offers general and cosmetic dentistry, children’s dentistry, and many other services. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

336 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105