Dental Crowns and Veneers in Reno, NV
What is a dental crown? Why are dental crowns used? Why not do a filling instead of a dental crown? What is the difference between dental crowns and veneers? What is the process like for getting a dental crown?
These are all questions that may have come up at a recent dental visit when discussing treatment with your dentist, and hopefully these questions were answered. At Swanson Dental Group in Reno, NV, our goal is to make sure you have all the answers to your questions about dental care, so you can make fully informed decisions that are right for you.
Dental crowns, sometimes referred to as tooth “caps”, are tooth-shaped restorations that cover the entire damaged tooth on all sides, as opposed to fillings which only involve portions of a tooth. Dental crowns are not used to replace natural teeth, rather they simply cover them to protect from further damage. New crowns are designed to look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Over the years, dental crowns have been made with a variety of materials. Types of crowns can include gold, stainless steel, as well as porcelain crowns. However, as improvements have been made in technology and aesthetics, today’s crowns are commonly made from glass-like ceramics and zirconia. These materials provide excellent strength, aesthetics, durability and long-term success of the restoration.