I have four top front teeth that have porcelain crowns. I’ve had them about 20 years and I really don’t like the bulky look. I prefer the look of porcelain veneers, so I want to replace the crowns with them. I’m new to Indianapolis, so I’m a little nervous about getting the work done. Is there anything I should consider before I find a dentist to do the work? Stephanie C. from Indianapolis

Stephanie – Although porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers are made out of the same material—porcelain– they differ in how they cover the tooth. A porcelain crown covers the entire tooth, but a porcelain veneer only covers the front of the tooth.

A tooth is prepared for a porcelain crown by significantly tapering it down, so that the crown will cover the tooth. But only the front of your tooth is lightly shaved to prepare it for a porcelain veneer.

After teeth have been aggressively shaved for porcelain crowns, the crowns cannot be replaced with porcelain veneers, which would leave the back and sides of the teeth uncovered.

An expert cosmetic dentist can replace your current crowns with new ones. He or she will be able to give you beautiful crowns that look like your natural teeth.

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