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Crowns Vs Veneers, Which Is Right For You?


In the offices of Fedorciw, Massoumi, and Kolbig we pride ourselves on having state-of-the-art facilities. Our doctors take care of your concerns and needs. If you need a cleaning or even a root canal, you will decide if you need an x-ray. Dr. Fedorciw, Massoumi, and Kolbig will work with you to get the smile you want. 

What is a crown? 

A dental crown is a cap that goes over a damaged tooth. Crowns are used to protect, cover and restore teeth when fillings do not solve the problem. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain, resin, and ceramic. Over time, they usually don’t need any special care beyond regular good oral hygiene.

When do you need a crown?

  • weak or decayed teeth
  • damaged tooth (broken, broken)
  • It takes healthy teeth to hold up a bridge

What material is a dental crown made of? 

According to a medically reviewed article in WebMD, there are many different materials from which dental crowns are made. Metals such as gold, palladium, and chrome are the strongest and most durable. Resin can be used, but it usually wears out quickly compared to other materials. Other options include ceramic and porcelain, which can be combined with other materials to make them stronger. Porcelain can be fused with metal, and ceramic can be pressed to make it more durable. Porcelain and ceramics have a higher risk of chipping. Crowns need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years, but with optimal cleaning and finishing methods, they can last much longer.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are tooth-shaped coverings that are adhered to the front of your teeth. This is very different from crowns because they make teeth look attractive. 

Veneers are great for several reasons. 

1. Uneven pitch

2. Dark or discolored teeth

3. Broken or misshapen teeth 

Veneers are usually made of ceramic or plastic. Here too there is a risk of chipping with the ceramic. The service life of a single bond is between 10 and 30 years. You should not bite on hard surfaces such as ice as the veneer may peel, crack, or chip. As far as veneer care is concerned, just care for these teeth like any other teeth. Floss twice a day and visit your dentist twice a year for checkups to make sure your veneers are in good shape. Your dentist will also make sure that the teeth behind the veneers are healthy.

How do I decide which is right for me?

Deciding which treatment is right for you depends on the condition of the tooth you are restoring. If the problem is irregularly shaped teeth or gaps that are too large for your liking, talk to your dentist about veneers. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, veneers should be the right decision for you. On the other hand, if your tooth has decayed, fractured, or been severely damaged by decay, then a crown may be the best option for you. Both of these options will do wonders for your self-esteem, as they will brighten your smile.

Both treatments can lead to complications now or later. Over time, the adhesive that holds the crown to the tooth can thin, making the crown feel loose or even fall out. Once you get a crown or a veneer you will need to keep up with it for the rest of your life. 

Whatever you want, the Smile Drs will analyze your dental and oral health and help you make an informed decision. We work with you to achieve your desired results. Call our office today at 860-635-4666 or visit our website to schedule a consultation.

Dr. Roman Fedorciw has been in private practice in Cromwell since 1991. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He is also a member of the Connecticut Dental Association and Middlesex County Dental Association. Dr. Fedorciw has been acknowledged by his peers as one of the “Top Dentists” in Hartford County by Hartford Magazine and in the state of Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine.