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Veneer or Crown

I have a good sized chip in my tooth. My dentist said I can get it fixed with a veneer or a dental crown. My insurance will cover a crown but not a veneer. Is there a benefit of one over the other?

Melissa J.- Cincinatti

Melissa,

Both can be a beautiful restoration for your tooth. If finances aren’t an issue, it may boil down how conservative a treatment you want.

With porcelain veneers, only a minimal amount of tooth is gently shaved, enough to make room for a thin shell of porcelain to be placed.  With a porcelain crown, your tooth has to be shaved down significantly more.

However, if finances are an issue, a veneer will be much more expensive, so you might prefer the crown to save money with your insurance.

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