A porcelain veneer is a thin, custom-made covering that conceals the front and side surfaces of your tooth. A veneer is made of a very durable ceramic. They can correct stains, breaks and odd shapes to create a happy, healthy smile.
A crown is the most common way to restore a single damaged tooth to its normal size and shape. A crown may be made of gold, a mix of metals, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. The crown needs to be the same size as the natural tooth to provide a proper restoration. In order for the crown to be placed over the natural tooth the dentist needs to remove a thin layer of enamel. When the final preparation is complete an impression is taken and sent to a laboratory for fabrication. The dentist will have made a temporary tooth from an acrylic material which is temporarily cemented until the permanent crown is received from the lab.
Crowns are commonly used on teeth which are broken, cracked or have had root canal therapy.