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    Question:
    Replace a Crown with a Veneer? I had this dental crown done 5 years ago.

    However, my teeth have grown to be more crowded over time, rendering the crown too big to fit into the space and is now causing discomfort. Is it possible to remove the crown and replace it with a veneer? ...Visitor from NY

    Answer:
    A tooth prepared for a crown has had it's entire Coronal (top of the tooth showing above the gums) portion reduced to fit the cap over it.

    A veneer only reduces the front, the biting surface and sometimes the sides. The reduction (tooth preparation) for a veneer is more conservative than for a crown.

    So the answer to your question is NO, you can not remove a crown and replace it with a veneer. You can remove the crown and replace it with a smaller crown.

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