What is the Difference Between Dental Veneers and Dental Fillings?
Dental crowns and dental fillings can both repair damage to teeth. However, there are differences between the two that can determine which one your dentist will recommend at your next appointment.
In this blog post, your restorative dentist will discuss the pros and cons of dental crowns and fillings so you can feel more knowledgeable and confident when seeking dental treatments.
When You Need Filling
Small gaps often require filling. If the damage to the tooth is minimal, you can get rid of it just by having a filling. Fillings may be preferred to dental crowns as they are completed in a single visit to the dentist.
Unlike dental crowns, your dentist will not need to measure your teeth to fill. This means your treatment will take less time and cost less money.
As the name suggests, cavity fillings are made from dental amalgam or composite resin and fill small spaces in your tooth that are decayed or otherwise damaged. Many patients prefer fillings as they are less invasive than dental crowns.
To prepare a tooth for a porcelain crown, natural enamel must be filed so that it fits easily on top of the crown. With fillings, you preserve as much enamel as possible to fill only the damaged areas. Composite fillings also match the color of your natural enamel, perfect for teeth that come out when you smile and talk.
The healing time of a filling is short. After the effect of the local anesthetic wears off, you can eat and talk normally. Some minor tenderness right after your appointment is normal, but should dissipate fairly quickly.
When You Need a Cover
When your teeth are severely damaged or decayed, you’d better spend the extra money on a dental veneer.
Dental crowns differ from fillings because they cover the entire visible part of your tooth above the gum line. Some patients even call them “tooth caps”. For intensive tooth repair, a filling cannot properly restore the tooth to its natural function and appearance.
Dental crowns help prevent further damage and sensitivity to the underlying tooth enamel. Because crowns cover your underlying teeth, they are more durable and generally last longer than dental fillings.
An experienced dentist can advise you on whether a veneer is necessary for the amount of tooth damage present. Teeth that have been weakened by repeated restorative dental treatments may also benefit by equipping them with dental crowns.
To apply a dental veneer, we will need to custom-make the dental cap to fit your smile. The natural tooth will then be shaved so that the crown can fit over it. This may take two appointments to complete.
Quick Comparison of Crowns and Fillings
.Seriously damaged or decayed tooth
.2 receives dental visits
.Covers rotten teeth
.Minor tooth damage or decay
.Takes one dental visit
.Fills rotten teeth
When deciding on the best dental procedure for your tooth, you should consult a knowledgeable dentist. From their previous experience treating patients, they will be able to determine if the damage is severe enough to require a veneer procedure or if you can get away with a filling.
Even if the damage to the tooth is minimal, some patients prefer porcelain veneers for their durability. Ultimately, the choice will need to be discussed by you and your dentist.