Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS
Dentist located in Riverside, CA
Crowns and porcelain veneers are minimally invasive solutions for chipped, cracked, misshapen, discolored teeth, and no teeth with large cavities. For a strong, beautiful smile, visit Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS, in Riverside, California, where you’ll receive compassionate, friendly care in a comfortable environment. Learn about dental restoration options by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.
Veneers and Crowns Q & A
What are crowns?
Crowns are prosthetic devices used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Crowns are made with a high-quality noble metal that reduces the risk of reaction for those with metal allergies. There are variations of all porcelain crowns to accommodate everyones needs and requests.
Crowns are then covered in either porcelain or ceramic to match your surrounding teeth. The crown is cemented onto your damaged tooth to protect it from cracking or breaking. Crowns provide stability and blend in with the rest of your teeth for a natural appearance. Natural teeth have multiple shades, Dr. Lindegren ensures your satisfaction of the crown shade by choosing multiple shades to properly blend the crown with you natural teeth.
Crowns may also be used to support a partial denture or as a replacement tooth on top of a dental implant. Dr. Lindegren determines if a crown is the right solution for you based on your overall oral health and other dental issues.
What are porcelain veneers?
A veneer is an ultra-thin shell used to cover the front surface of a damaged, misshapen, or stained tooth. Veneers are made with porcelain to match your surrounding teeth. They’re also tapered to create a “contact lens effect,” meaning that they’re thinner near the gum line, so they look like a natural tooth.
As she does with crowns, Dr. Lindegren uses a cement compound to attach the veneers to your teeth. Before the cement dries, she examines and adjusts the veneers as needed for a custom and comfortable fit.
Do I need crowns or porcelain veneers?
Crowns and veneers are less-invasive options for tooth restoration than alternative treatments like dental implants. To determine if a crown or veneer is best for you, Dr. Lindegren performs a thorough dental exam and takes X-rays, if needed.
Based on your exam, Dr. Lindegren recommends the best restoration option for you. This may be determined by the following criteria:
- Severity of tooth discoloration
- Severity of damage to the tooth, including cracks and enamel loss
- Length of tooth
- Thickness of tooth enamel
- History of cavities
- Tooth alignment issues
Dr. LindegrenDr. LindegrenDr. Lindegren may recommend orthodontic treatment in place of veneers in cases where alignment is the primary issue. Your treatment also depends on the number of teeth needing crowns or veneers and your overall oral health.
Crowns and veneers may be the solution you’re looking for to restore your smile. Learn about your options by scheduling a consultation with Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS, by phone or online now.