Crowns – When teeth have large fillings, are badly broken down or have had root canal therapy they often need full coverage protection with a crown. Crowns can be made with an underlying metal surface and an outer porcelain surface which is known as a porcelain-fused to metal crown.
With current technology, crowns can now be made without any metal and are known as all porcelain crowns. These types of crowns are beneficial in cosmetic areas.
Veneers – Veneers are used for cosmetic purposes on front teeth that are discolored, oddly shaped or fractured. In some instances, they can also be used to close spaces if a patient does not want to undergo orthodontic treatment with braces. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that covers only the front portion of a tooth. Opposed to full coverage crowns, veneers require minimal tooth reduction.