Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain facings (usually about 0.5mm thick) that are bonded to the outer surfaces of the teeth.
Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to repair front teeth.
What are porcelain crowns?
The principal difference between a veneer and a crown is the amount of tooth structure covered by the porcelain. Crowns cover more tooth structure and are often required when a substantial amount of tooth structure has been lost or a root canal treatment has been performed. The appearance of a porcelain crown is identical to that of a porcelain veneer when viewed in a smile. Crowns strengthen and protect teeth and will improve the function and appearance of your teeth.
Inlays or onlays offer great protection for teeth that are at risk of breaking. As these teeth do not require a crown, less preparation of the teeth is involved which is healthier.
What is the difference between an inlay and an onlay?
An inlay covers only one or two surfaces of the tooth and is used to restore an area with a small amount of decay. An onlay, on the other hand, actually covers one or more cusps (the chewing surface of the tooth) and is stronger, better protection for the tooth.
At Kaleen Dental Care & Facial Aesthetics we use the CEREC ® – same day (one visit) crown system for porcelain crowns, onlays and inlays.