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What Is The Difference Between A Dental Crown And A Dental Veneer?

Cracks and chips in a tooth can be problematic. Even small cracks can cause functioning problems with your bite and lead to issues with the confidence you have in your smile. These cracks can also cause bacteria to enter the root of your tooth, creating a risk of infections. Dr. Amin Samadian has been specializing in providing patients with dental crowns and veneers for years, but do you know what the differences are between these two dental options? We explore the difference between a dental crown and a dental veneer in this post.

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What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns have been around for quite some time. The procedure has a high success rate and tends to last between five and 15 years for most people. The procedure is able to assist with improving the confidence of a patient when they smile. The crown can also help to improve the functionality of a person’s bite. 

A dental crown’s primary purpose is to assist in repairing a broken or cracked tooth. There are a few reasons why a dentist like Dr. Amin Samadian may recommend a dental crown to his patient. The procedure can be used to help with the following issues:

  • A tooth that has suffered damage due to decay over the years.
  • A tooth has been worn away, and you want to protect it against further decay. 
  • To provide a cover for a dental implant that was previously done. 
  • To improve the color or shape of a tooth. 

The process involves using a special file in the dentist’s office. The dentist needs to remove part of the tooth’s outer layer to make way for the installation of the crown. Once this process is done, the dentist will use a special material to create an impression of the tooth, which is sent to a laboratory – the lab then makes the crown based on the impression sent by the dentist. 

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What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers also help to assist in improving the appearance of a tooth. They do not, however, provide coverage for an entire tooth. Veneers are used to improve a person’s smile and do not have as much of a role to play in functioning. They are very thin, minimally invasive, and great cosmetic options.

Veneers are essentially thin shells that have a beautiful color similar to that of a tooth. These shells are attached to the front region of teeth – the part that is visible when a person smiles. 

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Dr. Samadian can thoroughly analyze your smile to determine whether a dental crown or veneer would be the most appropriate solution and most of the times he uses a mixed approach. Dr. Amin Samadian offers his dental services to patients in San Ramon, Walnut Creek, East Bay Area, Lafayette, Orinda, Oakland, Brentwood, Berkeley, Danville, and Piedmont, CA. You can call (925-254-2360) to make an appointment or use the convenient form on the website to get in touch with Dr. Amin Samadian. 




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