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Crowns and veneers are both excellent solutions for dental repair if you want to improve the appearance or function of your teeth. They do, however, serve distinct objectives, and it's critical to understand the fundamental distinctions in order to select which option best matches your needs.

Summerlin Dental Solutions is discussing the distinctions between crowns and veneers, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and what to expect from each procedure.

While crowns and veneers are not the same, they function similarly. They both serve as a substitute for natural teeth that have been damaged. The primary distinction between crowns and veneers is the amount of original tooth that is covered. Veneers cover the front of the teeth and may wrap around them, depending on the technique employed and the patient's needs, whereas crowns completely cover the tooth.

Crowns - What Are They?

A dental crown is a cap or cover that is fitted over the top of a tooth. It resembles the visible portion of a tooth's crown—the portion visible above the gumline.

Crowns from Summerlin Dental Solutions are frequently used to restore severely damaged teeth. If you have severe tooth decay, a large filling or root canal, or your tooth is severely cracked, a crown may be the best option. Crowns are also an excellent option for teeth that have been worn down at the edges due to excessive tooth grinding. Crowns can be used to restore a single tooth or a group of teeth.


The Conventional Approach: If your Summerlin dentist determines that a crown or two are the best option for you, we will create a mold of your tooth and send it to a lab for fabrication.

To create room for the crown, your Summerlin dentist may need to remove a portion of your natural tooth. Additionally, they will make a temporary crown to wear while the final crown is ready.

Once the permanent crown is completed, you will return to your dentist's office to have it securely cemented in place.

State-of-the-art Summerlin Dental Solutions offers a far more practical approach that enables for the completion of the permanent crown in one visit, referred to as a same-day crown. This is achieved through the use of CEREC technology, which consists of a computerized scan and design center connected to a porcelain milling machine. These restorations are flawless in every way - they are the ideal shade, shape, and fit! All of this while avoiding a second dental appointment and injection. Perhaps dentistry does not have to be so unpleasant.

If a big group of teeth, such as a whole arch or mouth, requires crowns, it is recommended that a prototype of the final Summerlin Dental crowns be produced prior to fabricating the final crowns. A prototype is a crown, or series of crowns, created in the laboratory that look and feel identical to the permanent crown. The term "prototype" may also apply to a temporary crown, a long-term provisional crown, or a PMMA crown. It enables the patient to assess the fit and feel of the new teeth before committing to a permanent set. Prototyping is an integral aspect of the workflow at Summerlin Dental Solutions for smile design and whole mouth rehabilitation. After verifying the prototype, a digital image (impression) is taken and the final restorations are computer machined to the prototype's exact specs. This method can be modified slightly based on the materials utilized.

This is the best way to assure that you are happy with the way your new teeth will look. You can wear these temporaries for as long as you need to evaluate the shade, length and overall appearance of your new teeth.

After all they are your teeth, and you are the one that needs to be thrilled with them and then wondering why you did not do it sooner!


Because the crown will cover the majority of the visible region of the tooth, the tooth's thin outer layer will need to be reduced back to allow for a 0.5mm to 2mm layer of porcelain. In essence, the crown replaces the tooth's thin enamel shell.

If the tooth is decayed, the decayed portion of the tooth will be removed before the crown is placed. In the majority of cases, the decayed or damaged area of the natural tooth must be rebuilt in order to support the crown. Typically, the build-up is composed of a tooth-colored composite filling material.

Veneers - What Are They?

At Summerlin Dental Solutions Veneers are a thin veneer of porcelain that is put to the tooth's surface. Porcelain veneers are frequently utilized for cosmetic purposes and are frequently placed on the visible surfaces of all teeth. They can disguise discolored, uneven, crooked, worn, or chipped teeth. Veneers are less invasive than crowns and preserve a greater portion of the natural tooth.


If veneers are judged to be the best cosmetic dental option for you, your Summerlin dentist will develop a mold of your teeth to use in creating a mockup of your new smile.

In most situations, a tiny portion of tooth enamel will need to be removed to prepare your teeth for the veneer installation. Without this procedure, the veneers will appear unnaturally bulky. It is possible that a no-prep or microthin veneer may be a realistic alternative. Microthin veneers require little to no tooth structural modification. Additionally, they are considered reversible, as they can be removed to reveal the original tooth.

Permanent veneers at Summerlin Dental Solutions may take around one to two weeks to process, depending on the amount of time required at the lab, during which time you will wear a set of temporary veneers, to cover the decreased size of the teeth. This allows you to verify if the veneers are the correct form and color. If you have any concerns about the temporary veneers' appearance or feel, inform your dentist, as they can still adjust both the final veneers' fit and appearance


At Summerlin Dental Solutions veneers require only a small amount of tooth grinding—about 0.5mm to 2mm. Certain veneers are thinner and may require less grinding of the tooth surface or none at all.

Veneers are a permanent solution if any of the tooth enamel is removed. If any of the veneers are damaged, they must be replaced. All veneer patients are urged to wear a night guard during the night to safeguard their veneers. While the majority of patients do not have veneer failure, certain people have oral habits that cause veneers to shatter early. Individuals who grind their teeth or are bruxers are not suitable for veneers and would be much better suited by a dental crown — a more durable alternative.

The Distinction Between Crowns and Veneers

The primary distinction between crowns and veneers is the amount of original tooth that they cover. Consider a veneer to be one-half of a crown. When additional tooth surface needs to be repaired and fortified, crowns are the best alternative. Crowns improve both cosmetics and functional strength, whereas veneers improve only the cosmetic appearance of the teeth. If veneers are applied improperly in place of crowns, they will fail prematurely. The good news is that a veneer may always be converted to a crown if necessary.


Crowns are not always preferable to veneers. The best technique for you is determined by the state of your teeth and the desired outcome. Both are excellent options for improving the aesthetics of your smile, but only crowns can help you chew and eat your food more effectively.


Both crowns and veneers can last a long time with proper care. Crowns are a reasonably permanent restoration that do not require removal for cleaning. Crowns and veneers normally last between 12 and 15 years but can last up to 30 years or more with good care. Bear in mind that you may need to replace your veneers and crowns at some point, especially if you received them as a child.

Crown's Advantages and Disadvantages

-Crowns are extremely cosmetically pleasing when performed

by an experienced dentist

-they look just as nice as veneers but provide more strength.

-A crown completely encases the original tooth, protecting it

from deterioration.

-Crowns assist safeguard teeth against irreversible fractures

and root canals

-Dental insurance may cover crowns in part.


-Additional tooth structure must be removed to make room for the crown.

-Over time, the porcelain may become damaged.

-Over time, a tiny line between your original tooth and the crown may become evident.


-Veneers are really attractive.

-Certain veneers require little or no removal of native tooth


-Veneers move very little and often feel very natural.


-The teeth behind the veneers are still decay-prone.

-Veneers may eventually require replacement.

-Veneers are susceptible to cracking or being damaged,

-Veneers may be excluded from dental insurance coverage.


A crown's cost varies according to various factors, including the tooth's size, the material utilized, and the amount of prep work required. A crown can cost between $1,000 and $3,500, according to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry.

Additional operations, such as a root canal, may be required to prepare for the crown.

Dental insurance may pay a portion of the crown if it is medically necessary. Contact your dental insurance provider to determine whether and to what extent crowns are covered.


According to American Cosmetic Dentistry, veneers can cost between $925 and $2500 per tooth. The cost of a whole set of veneers is determined by various factors, including the number of teeth treated, the materials used, and the dental laboratory. There is a premium on quality.

Crowns and Veneers Alternatives

Crowns and veneers are not the only restoration or replacement choices for damaged teeth.

Tooth bonding can be used to correct minor faults on the teeth's surface, such as chipped teeth, discoloration, and moderately deformed teeth. Tooth Bonding is the process of placing a tooth-colored composite material to the tooth surface in order to improve its appearance. If you have minimal damage or discoloration in isolated areas, bonding may be a viable solution for you.

Dental implants at Summerlin Dental Solutions entail the complete replacement of a tooth, including the root. Implants are used to replace missing or removed teeth. Dental implants can fill gaps in the smile permanently while also supporting the jawbone structure. Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth in appearance and function.

Get to Know the Dentist

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

With an emphasis on cosmetic, complete makeovers and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all of the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55 inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.  Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.


851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160
851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160