Cosmetic dentistry is on the rise in the United States. Now more than ever, we are obsessed with the perfect smile. In fact, procedures such as teeth whitening have risen over 300 percent over the past five years. Even lesser known procedures such as dental bonding have risen over 100 percent. With so many cosmetic procedures that can enhance your smile, knowing the differences between them can help you choose the one that is best for your needs.

Two procedures that often seem similar but have entirely different uses are dental veneers and dental crowns. While we at Forest North Dental offer both procedures, we think it is important to know the differences between the two.

What Are Dental Crowns Used For?

crown exampleA Dental crown is a cosmetic procedure that is used to restore a tooth. Whether the natural tooth suffered damage from an accident or decay, a crown can strengthen the tooth and improve its appearance. Crowns are basically helmets for a tooth. A crown fits over the natural tooth, covering it on all sides. They are often made of porcelain for a natural appearance, however, crowns can also be made from gold, metals or a mixture of materials.

Crowns can be used for many situations, including:

  • Protecting a weak, damaged or cracked tooth
  • To restore a tooth worn down by decay
  • To keep a dental bridge in place
  • To hide unattractive or discolored teeth
  • To cover dental implants

Because dental crowns cover the entire tooth, the natural tooth must be filed down in order to make room for this prosthetic. The procedure usually requires two visits. The first visit is used to file down and make molds of the natural tooth. The second visit is scheduled when the crown is crafted, received by our office and ready to be permanently attached to the natural tooth.

However, at Forest North Dental, we offer CEREC crowns. This means that our machines can craft your customized crown in just minutes and cuts down the procedure to just a one hour long visit!

What Are Dental Veneers Used For?

dental veneer exampleDental Veneers are used solely to hide dental flaws. Veneers are very thin, one sided shells that are placed over the front of a natural tooth. Unlike a crown, this procedure covers only one side of the tooth. Therefore, much less enamel from the natural tooth is removed. Only a fraction of an inch of enamel is removed from the tooth in order to place a veneer.

Veneers are permanently bonded to the natural tooth. This procedure is less painful than that of a crown but anesthesia can be used for anxious patients. Unlike our CEREC crown procedure, veneers always take at least two visits. This is because the veneers must be crafted from a mold at a separate laboratory.

CEREC Crowns and Dental Veneers at Forest North Dental

Here at Forest North Dental, Dr. Rosenblatt has had much success with both of these procedures. Many patients visit us in order to place a crown in just one visit with our CEREC machines. Additionally, patients from all over Illinois trust Dr. Rosenblatt to enhance their smile with our veneers.

For more information on CEREC Crowns or dental veneers, visit us at Forest North Dental or call us today to schedule your appointment at (847) 234-4405.

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