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What is the Difference between Crowns, Veneers, and Bridges?

Chances are you’ve heard of crowns, veneers, and bridges. However, if you’ve never had them, then you aren’t clear about what they are. For patients with chipped, damaged, missing, or stained teeth, Dr. Stout and his team at Stout Dentistry, a Charlotte Dentist Office, can help you restore your smile with either a crown, veneer, or bridge.

Dental Crowns Dentist Charlotte NCDental Crowns

Crowns, also known as caps, are custom-made tooth-shaped permanent covers placed over the broken or damaged tooth. When cemented in place, crowns restore the natural tooth and behave and look like normal teeth. They are made from three types of materials: ceramic, porcelain, or metal. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

When Might I Need a Crown?

● To replace a large filling that was damaged or removed and has insufficient tooth structure remaining to redo the filling.
● Cover and protect a tooth that has had a root canal.
● Hold a dental bridge more firmly in place.
● To restore a severely broken or damaged tooth.
● To protect a tooth weakened by decay from further damage.

What is the Procedure Like?

Preparing for a dental crown

It takes at least two visits. During the first visit to our Eastover Dental Practice in Charlotte NC, Dr. Stout will take X-rays to assess the tooth and the damage.


The clinician will apply local anesthesia to the tooth and surrounding gum tissue and file down the tooth to reduce it to a size that will fit the crown properly. Lastly, he will make an impression of the tooth and send it off to the lab to be manufactured. At the end of this first visit, you will have a temporary crown to protect your tooth while we wait for the permanent crown to arrive from the lab.

During your second visit

Dr. Stout will replace the temporary crown with the permanent one and cement it in place.

Dental VeneersDental Veneers

Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain or ceramic shells, custom-designed to cover the front of a tooth. Most often used for cosmetic purposes, veneers improve the appearance of teeth by changing the color, shape, size, or length.

When Might I Need a Veneer?

● To mask stains from coffee, cigarettes, medications, or root canal treatments.
● If you have a chipped tooth.
● Camouflage minor cosmetic problems like gaps between teeth or crooked teeth.
● Replace damaged enamel from teeth worn down from consumption of acidic foods, patients with acid reflux, or vigorous tooth brushing.

What is the Procedure Like?

Applying a veneer takes three appointments on average. The first is a consultation, in which you will talk with Dr. Stout to help create the smile that you want. He will examine your teeth and may take X-rays in order to determine whether veneers are right for you.

During the second appointment

Dr. Stout will buff out about half a millimeter of the tooth surface to adjust for the thickness of the veneer. This may require a local anesthetic. Next, he will take a mold of the tooth and send it off to be manufactured at the lab.

The third and final visit

Dr. Stout will test the fit of the veneer and match the color. At this time, you can take a look at what the veneer will look like in your mouth and adjust the color to match if need be. Once you give Dr. Stout the OK, he will clean the tooth and apply a cement that will bond the veneer to the tooth.

Dental BridgesDental Bridges

A bridge is made up of two or more prosthetic teeth that literally bridge the gap between two or more missing teeth. They consist of two components: anchor crowns and pontics, or artificial teeth. The anchor crowns are two or more dental crowns, called abutment teeth, that are cemented to the teeth next to the gap. The pontics are set between the abutment teeth and serve to replace the missing tooth or teeth.

When Might I Need a Dental Bridge?

● To restore your smile due to missing or damaged teeth.
● Restore your ability to chew and speak normally.
● Prevent shifting teeth or other complications that can occur after the loss of one or more teeth.

What is the Procedure Like?

Like a crown, dental bridges require two visits.

During the first visit

Dr. Stout will prepare the abutment teeth by going through a similar process of removing enamel and making molds like he would for a dental crown. While the bridge is off at the lab, Dr. Stout will place a temporary bridge.

During your second visit

Your new bridge will be placed, provided that the fit is correct. Dr. Stout may use a temporary cement and ask you to come back in a few weeks to make any adjustments. After that, he will permanently bond the bridge to your teeth.

If you have any chipped, damaged, or decayed teeth and want to learn more about whether a crown, veneer, or bridge is right for you to restore your smile, give Stout Family Dentistry a call at 704.332.7737.

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