– What’s up? This is Dr. Olson from Innovative Dental and we get a very common
question in our practice that I wanted to answer today and that is, what is the difference
between veneers and crowns? And so I understand why
it’s a common question because it’s the main two ways
that dentists restore teeth and they’re used kind of
primarily for two different roles. So first would be the dental crown, so you’ve heard of that before,
sometimes we call it a cap. But a crown is basically
something we use to restore the structure and strength to a tooth that is pretty badly damaged. An example of crown would
be something typically wraps around the tooth and I’ve got
a good example of that here. Let me see if I can zoom
in and show you that. You can see it on my finger. Kinda, Sorta, not at
all, okay there you go. There is an example of a crown, if I were to spin that around you can see on all different sides it kind of wraps around the tooth. The top of the crown
would look very similar to a natural — Let’s see here if I can focus, oh yeah. Top of the crown would look very similar to the top of a natural tooth. So there’s an example of a crown. We make these in our office in a single visit with a special type of high strength porcelain, and we glaze them and customize them to bond to the tooth immediately. So those are, that’s kinda the main one that you’ve probably heard of. If you are interested in
changing up your smile and improving your smile, you may have heard of the term veneer. A veneer is mostly used
to change the shape and the shade of a tooth permanently. We can do that with much less reduction and much less tooth removal. So you’re able to keep more
of your tooth structure and keeping your tooth
stronger is obviously a very good goal for us as dentists and it’s one thing that we
have a big advantage over when we do a veneer as apposed to a crown. So if you’re interested in
having you smile improved you’re gonna want to have a
veneer done rather than a crown. An example of reason why
you might want a crown done in the smile area would be
because you have a tooth that has many, many fillings in it or maybe it has decay
and the decay is so large that a crown is needed, or maybe you had a root
canal in that tooth, and because of the root canal there is not enough tooth structure for a veneer to really be
successful and be strong enough. Your dentist might recommend
that you would need a crown rather than a veneer on a front tooth in case you had a root canal. A good example I’ll show you of a veneer would be this little guy right here. And you’ll notice there’s
some strain on the back side, that’s purposeful. But we put that there in order to make it look even more natural. But here’s a veneer. So you can see that the back side of the tooth is gone. so you see that there? So it just covers the front side and it’s a lot thinner
and it’s a lot smaller. It’s usually about a
millimeter in thickness. On a model, I have a few models here, this is an idea of what
a veneer might look like, on a model. This is a good example, see there? The tooth structure is
still left on the back side. So a huge benefit there to a patient would be that when you chew, your bite, you’re still able to hit on your teeth rather than hitting on the porcelain. If you’re hitting on the porcelain obviously the dentist had to
remove that tooth structure. There’s another reason why
maybe a veneer would be a better solution because
you have to remove a lot of tooth structure to do that. So I think that kind of
sums up the two different types of restorations,
crowns versus veneers, and why one might be
beneficial over the other. Probably looking at crowns for more of a cavity fix, more of a
structural issue to the tooth. And then a veneer more for cosmetic, changing the shape or shade permanently. And one huge advantage of
a veneer over natural teeth is that veneers don’t stain. So coffee, tea, wine, anything that would normally stain teeth, doesn’t stain a veneer. So that’s kind of a nice benefit. Not gonna have to keep
bleaching your teeth nonstop. So at that note, one reason why, why are so many teeth treated with crowns when really a veneer would be a better suited option for the patient? And the reason why is because there’s an issue with restoring
temporarily a veneered prep. So if you are working on a tooth that you are minimal reducing
and barely taking, maybe a credit cards width away, you can see how there
could be a real issue here with how are we going
to give you a few weeks, while a lab makes your permanent veneer and give you something at
least is a temporary for you? That is one huge advantage of getting your cosmetic dentistry done with veneers at Innovative Dental. We utilize technology that allows us to transform a smile in a short visit, three and a half, four hours. And we utilize technology
that makes the veneers here, so there is no lab, so
there is no temporary. And because there’s no
lab, there’s no temporary, we can be very conservative
with your tooth and we have total control over
the outcomes of your smile. Here I can hopefully illustrate the ways that Innovative Dental
is able to restore teeth with same day technology. This is one of our four
units that’s capable of imaging teeth with
this 3D intra-oral camera. And the wand here is going to
capture 18 frames a second, and all of them are 3D. It’s gonna build a 3D
model on our computer here. And that’s what we use to design
your crown or your veneer. And the first screen here,
you’ll see we are able to click on the proper tooth and tell the software whether we are doing a crown, an inlay or onlay, or a veneer, we can do bridge work,
we can also do implants, but that’s a whole different discussion. So here I’ve decided
what a crown looks like, it’s this tooth that I have
highlighted right here, and then here’s what a veneer looks like, and it’s the little blue sliver you kind of see on the
front of that front tooth. Let’s go ahead and go to the area where I can show you the imaging
and how that looks. I think you will probably appreciate, if you haven’t seen this
before it’s really cool. So this camera’s already pulsating and taking a bunch of images, and now you can see it
start to build a model. Isn’t that cool? And this is how we’re able to do crowns, veneers, bridges, implants. We utilize it for Invisalign therapy, so we straighten teeth. We don’t take your typical
impressions anymore because of this technology. So it’s really neat, right? So the days of impression material and gagging and about passing
out in the dental chair cause you are trying not to swallow the impression material, those days are gone at Innovative Dental. So that’s one thing we really thinks pretty cool that we’ve invested
in for our patients benefit. We are able to skip ahead
here, I wanted to show you this is what the model would look like, if I can get rid of these screens, and here is the model of
the teeth I just imaged. Isn’t that neat? So we can design on this
your veneers and crowns. And then we’re able to
send them to one of our four milling machines. So that’s how that process works. If you thought that was
pretty cool and interesting and might be a game changer for you and your, maybe, dental phobia or the way that you’ve had dentistry given to you in the past, we would love the opportunity to meet you and discuss how we can
help you with your smile. If it’s just for a single crown, awesome. If you’re wanting to
transform your entire mouth and to full mouth rehabilitation, we can do that too with implants, and crowns, bridges, veneers. Whatever’s best for you
and we go over all that in a very comfortable environment
here at Innovative Dental. and so thanks for your
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