If you have damaged, decaying, or discolored teeth, crowns and veneers can prevent further issues while restoring your smile and oral health. At Regal Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada, the expert team of cosmetic and family dentists uses crowns and veneers to address a variety of problems, including cavities, chips, cracks, and stains. To see if these restorations are right for you, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.
Crowns and veneers are dental restorations. Though frequently mentioned together, they’re actually two different things:
Crowns are tooth-shaped coverings used to protect a molar or premolar from damage or decay. Once bonded in place, a crown restores your tooth to its near-original shape, size, and strength. Regal Dentistry offers all-porcelain crowns. Porcelain is free of metal and mimics the color and light-reflecting capabilities of your natural tooth enamel.
Veneers are thin, custom-crafted shells of porcelain that are bonded to your teeth. They look natural, last for years, and can correct a variety of cosmetic issues. It’s possible to get one or two veneers, but Regal Dentistry typically recommends between six and eight to ensure a balanced, symmetrical smile.
Getting crowns and veneers typically takes two appointments spaced one or two weeks apart.
At your initial consultation, your dentist conducts an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your goals for treatment. They then take digital X-rays to assess the health of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone.
If you’re getting a crown, your dentist takes a series of digital impressions using the iTero® 5D intraoral scanner by Align Technology. Your scans are uploaded to a computer-aided design program and shared with the on-site dental lab.
Next, your dentist administers a local anesthetic and prepares your tooth to receive the crown by shaving a thin layer of enamel from the top and sides. A week later, you return to Regal Dentistry and your dentist bonds the porcelain crown to the top of your damaged or decaying tooth.
If you’re getting veneers, your dentist administers a local anesthetic and prepares your teeth. To do this, your provider shaves a thin layer of enamel from each tooth.
After preparing your teeth, your dentist uses the iTero® 5D intraoral scanner to take digital impressions. These impressions are shared with the on-site dental lab that makes your veneers.
In the meantime, you wear a temporary set of veneers. Once your final porcelain veneers are complete, you return to Regal Dentistry and your dentist bonds them in place.
To keep your crowns and veneers in optimal condition, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Regal Dentistry recommends brushing twice a day and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning. Avoid bad habits, too, including nail-biting, chewing on ice, or opening objects with your teeth.
To explore crowns and veneers, request a consultation at Regal Dentistry. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office to speak with a staff member today.