SOURCE: Thomas J. Strub, D.D.S., P.C.

Thomas J. Strub, D.D.S., P.C.

July 15, 2015 08:03 ET

Cedar Falls Cosmetic Dentist Explains Difference Between Crowns and Veneers

Dr. Thomas Strub Helps His Patients Determine if Porcelain Crowns or Veneers Can Best Address Their Individual Needs and Concerns

CEDAR FALLS, IA--(Marketwired - Jul 15, 2015) - Thomas Strub, DDS uses many cosmetic dentistry techniques to improve the aesthetics as well as the function of his patients' smiles. Both porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers are popular procedures for addressing common concerns such as stained, chipped, cracked, worn, or unevenly spaced teeth. However, Dr. Strub says many patients are unsure of which procedure can best resolve their particular problem. As a result, he takes time during the consultation process to educate his patients about the advantages of porcelain crowns versus porcelain veneers.

A veneer is typically used to change the color or shape of the tooth. If the front of a patient's tooth is discolored or worn, a porcelain veneer can be placed on the front of that tooth for a natural looking, seamless smile. Conversely, a crown actually covers a tooth that has been compromised by decay, vertical or horizontal cracks, large fillings, or root canal therapy. "While porcelain veneers are usually used to restore the aesthetics of a smile," says Dr. Strub, "porcelain crowns are more often used to restore the function and strength of a tooth."

When deciding whether a veneer or a crown is best, Dr. Strub always examines and determines each patient's individual candidacy. He says, for example, patients who clench or grind their teeth may not be good candidates for veneers, since the added force placed on the veneer can cause fracturing. These patients may be better suited for a crown to address their aesthetic concerns. In addition, teeth that have undergone large restorations may also benefit from a crown rather than a veneer.

Aside from questions about the restorations themselves, Dr. Strub notes that patients often wonder about the cost of porcelain veneers versus crowns, which according to the Cedar Falls dentist, are very similar. He says factors including the number of veneers or crowns, the location of the affected teeth, and the degree of difficulty all impact the final price. Dr. Strub offers a number of financing options at his practice to help as many people as possible achieve a beautiful smile that instills confidence.

About Thomas J. Strub, DDS, PC

With a dental degree from the University of Iowa School of Dentistry, Dr. Thomas Strub now leads his private practice, which offers a wide range cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and restorative dentistry services. He volunteers for a variety of non-profit organizations including Give Kids a Smile and the Donated Dental Services Program, and he is also an active member of the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association, and many other organizations. Dr. Strub is available for interview upon request.

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    715 Bluegrass Circle
    Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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