Gregory Family Dental
Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in Kansas City, MO
Do you catch yourself covering your mouth when you smile? If so, you're not alone. Millions of Americans feel self-conscious about their appearance because of discolored, uneven, or damaged teeth. Emile McLaurian, DDS, is an experienced cosmetic and family dentist at Gregory Family Dental in Kansas City, Missouri. He uses crowns and veneers to restore his patients' oral health and give them smiles to be proud of. Find out more today by calling the practice or clicking on the online calendar to schedule your appointment.
Crowns and Veneers Q & A
What are crowns and veneers?
Over time, teeth succumb to wear and tear — even if you follow a careful cleaning routine. They can become discolored, misshapen, or cracked. In these cases, when the tooth doesn't need to be removed but does need a little care and maintenance, Dr. McLaurian recommends crowns or veneers, depending on the issue.
Crowns and veneers improve the appearance and function of teeth, although they perform distinctly different roles in the mouth.
What's the difference between crowns and veneers?
Dr. McLaurian assesses your needs to determine whether you need a crown or a veneer, and then he creates a custom treatment plan accordingly.
A crown is a protective cap that sits over the entire tooth. It's a versatile treatment, used to:
- Stabilize a cracked tooth
- Cover a large filling
- Restore a worn-down tooth
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a dental implant
- Improve aesthetic appearance
Crowns can be metal, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.
Dr. McLaurian recommends veneers when the issue is more aesthetic than structural. A veneer is a thin layer of dental material, usually porcelain, that adheres to the natural tooth. It's a popular choice when treating:
- Discolored teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Worn-down teeth
You must have enough of your natural tooth remaining to accommodate the bond for the veneer.
What happens during a crown or veneer treatment?
The procedures for getting crowns and veneers are quite different.
Getting a crown typically takes two appointments. At the first, Dr. McLaurian takes X-rays of the tooth and removes any tooth decay or pulp damage. He then files down the tooth edges and takes an impression before fitting a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait.
In 2-3 weeks, you return for a second appointment, when Dr. McLaurian places the permanent crown and cements it in place.
Dr. McLaurian files down a very thin layer of enamel of the tooth’s surface to allow space for the veneer. He takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to the lab to create the veneer. In the meantime, he places a temporary veneer to protect the tooth.
Dr. McLaurian has over 20 years of experience creating beautiful smiles with crowns and veneers. Call Gregory Family Dental today or schedule your appointment online.