Dental Veneers and Crowns
Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, arethin shells of tooth-colored composite or porcelain materials used to improve the appearance of discolored teeth in addition to surface defects of teeth.Slight amounts of irregularities in teeth can also be corrected with laminates.
Dental Veneer Placement procedure
Dental veneers are relatively easy and painless to place because more often than not, little or no local anesthesia is required. Teeth which need to be laminated usually require little preparation or drilling. The veneers are then bonded in place by a dentist.
Risks associated with Dental Veneers
There are very few risks associated with dental veneers. In the event of an anesthetic being used, there is a very slim chance of you having an allergic reaction to it. There is also no risk of you being allergic to the porcelain laminate used for the veneer. Composite materials may cause risks of an allergic reaction in a very small percentage of patients. However, such reactions pose little, if any, risk of serious harm.
Recovering from Dental Veneer Placement
There are very little complications involved in what is otherwise a swift recovery. Post-operative pain is usually managed with appropriate medication. Common problems with veneers are poor fits, eventual discoloration, chipping and overt sensitivity to heat or cold. Your dentist can correct these by making minor modifications to the veneer.
Veneers as alternatives
Dental veneers are often used instead of dental crowns because they are easier to place, and are much more affordable. Crowns and composite resin bonding are also used to repair and/or improve the appearance of flawed teeth.
Cosmetic Crowns for teeth
Dental crowns are used to correct damaged or decayed teeth when there is inadequate structural material left to support a regular filling. Such crowns can also be used as precision attachments for certain kinds of dentures, to replace lost teeth, and to strengthen weakened teeth (as a result of a root canal). You must remember that a dental crown replaces an entire tooth. If your teeth can be repaired through veneers or other techniques, you may be able to save money because veneers are more conservative, and less tooth structure is cut.
Dental Crown procedure
To place a dental crown, your dentist will remove vital structural components of your tooth at the intended spot. This procedure is carried out surgically under the influence of a local anesthetic. At this time, your dentist will make necessary measurements that the crown manufacturer will need to create the crown. Your dentist should place a temporary crown at the end of the session.
The permanent crown is cemented onto the remaining tooth structure during a subsequent visit to the dentist under a local anesthetic.
Risks associated with Dental Crowns
Very few patients report allergies either due to anesthetics used in the process, or because of the materials used to make the crowns. In such cases, your dentist can choose to opt for alternative anesthetics, or get the crowns made from alternate materials.
Recovering from a Dental Crown procedure
Sensitivity, discomfort, and loosening of the crown are commonly reported post- operative problems. Should they arise, your dentist will advise you on how to deal with these.