Cosmetic dental treatments in Jupiter, FL are carried out specifically to improve the appearance of your smile. However, many people are still concerned about how their teeth will look if they have them reshaped so that they can have cosmetic solutions such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns re-fitted. Here is what you need to know about dental reshaping to facilitate the use of veneers and crowns.
The most important thing to remember is that re-shaping is necessary for the cosmetic solution to fit properly.
Veneers are thin, shell-like covers that sit on the outer face of the enamel of your teeth, covering imperfections such as cracks, chips, stains and discoloration. They can also be used to close small gaps between the teeth and make them appear more uniform in their height, width and overall appearance. For porcelain veneers to be fitted, some of the natural enamel on the outside face of the tooth needs to be removed. This is so that the veneer fits flush to the tooth and does not cause it to look abnormally thick or unusual.
Dental crowns are hollow, tooth-shaped hats that sit over the top of teeth that have been affected by decay or damage. They are primarily restorative in nature, but they are more natural-looking than ever, enabling them to also be a useful cosmetic solution for teeth that are unsightly. In most instances some of the natural tooth will need to be filed down so that the crown can sit properly over the top. However, if your affected tooth is very small, for example because of erosion or damage, it may be necessary for your dentist in Jupiter, FL to build it up so that it is able to support the crown. In these cases, a special filler will be used, but it is not esthetic, purely functional. The underlying tooth will not have an attractive look before it is covered.
Once you have had your affected tooth/teeth reshaped to accept the cosmetic solution that you are having, you will always need either veneers or a crown, whichever you are having fitted.
The natural enamel of our teeth doesn’t regrow, so once it has been filed away, that tooth will need to be permanently covered with a veneer. If your veneer becomes damaged and required replacing, the new veneer will be fitted immediately after the old one has been removed.
The same can be said for crowns. Generally speaking, teeth need to be filed down to accept a dental crown. However, again, the tooth cannot regenerate. This means that a crown, or another restorative solution such as a bridge or dental implant, will always be needed.
Since teeth that have been covered with veneers or crowns have been permanently altered, it actually is inconsequential what they look like. Your dentist will ensure that the affected tooth is always covered by the necessary solution so that you can maintain both its function and an attractive appearance.
If you would like more information about veneers or crowns, please contact PGA Dentistry Jupiter at and our experienced and skilled cosmetic dentists can schedule you for a complimentary consultation today.