Alright, folks. Let’s talk about some of those obscure questions you have about cosmetic dentistry. You may be quite familiar with the concept of dental crowns. By the way, if you’re not, we’ll refresh it a little a bit further down. But some of our patients have very specific questions about their treatment options, such as what about getting dental crowns for front teeth. Let’s review what we know about dental crowns and what specifics you should consider when getting dental crowns on your front teeth.
Our team at Buckhead Dentistry knows you want to enjoy a beautiful smile, and that’s why we’re here. We want to offer you the best possible treatments so you can enjoy all the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile. Let’s jump straight in to refresh our minds on some of the most versatile and useful resources in cosmetic dentistry.
What Is a Dental Crown?
First things first, a dental crown is nothing more than a tooth-shaped “cap” that we can place over a tooth. That’s it. Dental crowns serve several purposes, chief among them is restoring the tooth’s original shape and size while maintaining proper strength and improving the appearance of an otherwise worn down piece.
Your dentist will carefully cement the crown in place to cover fully the visible portion of a dental piece above the gum line. You can choose the materials used to manufacture your dental crown. Some of the materials are metal and porcelain. Most commonly, these crowns go over molars that rarely show, but you can also have custom-made dental crowns to match your teeth and cover your front teeth.
Our priority is restoring function and ensuring that the pieces we use don’t stand out too much detracting the attention from your beautiful smile.
Why Would You Need a Dental Crown?
In short, patients might need a dental crown because they have a tooth that has suffered from severe decay or trauma. We recommend a patient get’s a dental crown
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
Hold together a weak tooth and prevent it from breaking.
Restore a broken tooth that has suffered from severe tooth decay.
- Hold a dental bridge in place.
- Support and maintain the structural integrity of a tooth that underwent endodontic treatment and a filling.
- To make cosmetic modifications.
- Covering a dental implant.
Can You Get a Dental Crown on Your Front Teeth Only?
The short answer is yes. And honestly, there isn’t much more to add. If your front teeth have suffered from significant trauma and become chipped or fractured, you might want to consider a dental crown.
Due to esthetic reasons, you might want to consider selecting a dental crown that uses ceramic or zirconia. These options are great due to their durability, strength, and good looks.
Ceramic crowns have an added benefit, and that’s that we won’t need to remove as much of the original tooth to fit the crown.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
When you take good care of your dental crowns, they can last for several years at a time.
Certainly, the durability of each dental crown varies depending on many factors, but, generally speaking, you can expect a dental crown to last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Just so you know, gold crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns last the longest because of the inherent durability of the materials.
However, many patients will prefer the all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns because of their more natural look, even if this means sacrificing some durability.
How to Take Care of My Dental Crowns?
It’s never a bad time to know how you can make the most out of your investments in dental health. Dental crowns last long when you take care of them. Here are a couple of suggestions for you:
- Avoid eating sticky and chewy foods when you’re not near a toothbrush. If you can’t brush yourself after eating, you should stay away from some types of foods that can get stuck and feed harmful bacteria and damage your teeth under the dental crowns. Also, these foods can pull away temporary crowns.
- Avoid chewing hard foods that can dislodge temporary crowns.
- Brush your teeth after every meal.
Usually, a crowned tooth won’t require any special care, but you should not ignore the dangers of tooth decay and gum disease. Please continue to focus on good oral hygiene routines and habits.
Get in Touch With Your Atlanta Dentist
The team at Buckhead Dentistry is on standby to help you whenever you require professional treatment. Make sure you set an appointment and give us a call if you need to ask any questions about your ongoing treatment.