Dental Crowns for the Front Teeth
Chips, cracks, and features can have a negative impact on the beauty and health of your smile. Knoxville, TN dentist Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. can help by using dental crowns to cap and protect damaged or seriously decayed teeth. The crowns will restore your ability to bite, chew, and smile normally.
People usually think of dental crowns in terms of the molars and premolars, yet they can be used to treat the front teeth as well. Let’s take a moment to consider the use of dental crowns on the front teeth.
Reasons for Dental Crowns on the Front Teeth
A person may need dental crowns on their front teeth for a variety of reasons. Some common reasons why crowns are placed on the front teeth include:
- Fractures or serious injury to the front teeth
- Severe tooth decay of the front teeth
- Root canal therapy performed on the front teeth
With the dental crowns capping the front teeth, patients can bite and chew again without discomfort.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Crowns
For some patients, porcelain veneers may be better than dental crowns. This depends on their dental health situation. For minor chips, cracks, stains, and predominantly cosmetic issues, a porcelain veneer is more ideal than a dental crown. For major dental health and wellness needs, the use of dental crowns is more ideal.
During a consultation at our Knoxville practice, we can determine if crowns or veneers are better for your dental care needs.
Will My Dental Crowns Be Tooth Colored?
Ideally, crowns that are placed on the front teeth will be tooth colored rather than metal colored. This helps with smile aesthetics, and we find that most patients want to have a seamless appearance to their smile. The material used may be porcelain or porcelain over a metal base. There are other options as well. We will be sure to discuss all of your options for improved dental aesthetics in greater detail during your visit.
The Dental Crown Procedure
The procedure for placing dental crowns is rather straightforward. First, the front teeth will need to be prepped. This will involve removing the compromised tooth structure so that only health tooth structure remains. An impression is taken of the prepped tooth. It is from this impression that your final dental crown will be crafted.
When the crown is ready, it is check one last time for proper fit before it is adhered in place. The dentist makes sure that it is comfortable when you bite down and fits properly with the rest of your smile.
How Durable Are Dental Crowns on the Front Teeth?
Rather durable. Once you are used to the new crowns on your front teeth, you will be able to bite and chew as you normally would. The wonder if modern dental materials is the level of strength they provide.
How Long Will These Dental Crowns Last?
On average, a set of dental crowns will last for about 10 years if not a few years more. At that point, the dental crown will have worn down and require replacement. You can return to our Knoxville dental center if you need your crowns repaired or replaced, which will make your smile appear brand new.
Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
For more information about dental crowns and if they are an ideal option for you and your needs, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. Dr. Zarger and his team look forward to your visit and discussing your dental care needs in greater detail. You can call us at (865) 693-7631 to schedule a consultation.