Dental Crowns: All About Front Teeth Crowns

Dental Crowns: All About Front Teeth Crowns

Oct 13, 2021

Like most people, you may have seen dental crowns being placed on patients during your visits to the dentist. The procedure appears simple enough and does not seem painful for the patient. These restorations are used to correct the appearance of your teeth.

The dental crowns can be fixed on any tooth, including the front ones. Having your front tooth damaged can damper your smile, and that is why a tooth crown can come in handy.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are caps that cover the front (anterior) teeth. They’re used to restore front teeth when they’ve been damaged. They can also change your mouth’s appearance.

With dental crowns, your dentist can make your front tooth look the same as it did before the damage occurred.

The dental crowns come in different types, which include:

  • Porcelain crowns?

While some dental crowns are made of metal, front teeth crowns are mostly made from porcelain. Porcelain crowns are tooth-colored and often create a seamless look.

  • Zirconia crowns

These crowns are crafted from zirconium oxide that gives them strength and makes them durable. The crowns are also biocompatible, meaning they are gentle on the teeth and are less likely to affect the body. Zirconia crowns are often made on the same day as your dental appointment.

However, the crowns have an opaque appearance, and it is hard to match the teeth. Furthermore, the crowns are hard and can cause the teeth on the opposite side to wear out.

  • Metal crowns

The crowns are made of alloys of gold, copper, or titanium. They are also strong, and they can withstand the biting pressure, making them ideal for the back teeth.

  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns

These crowns combine the strength and durability of the metals and the aesthetics of the porcelain. They are durable and look like the adjacent teeth. However, the metal part can cause the gums to discolor.

  • Stainless steel crowns

These are often pre-made at the dental office. Furthermore, they are used as a temporary measure as you wait for the permanent crowns. The caps also require fewer dental procedures and are ideal for children.

The front teeth crowns are made entirely of composite material or porcelain, which is a ceramic material.

How are the Dental Crowns Fixed?

The dental crowns need at least two dental visits– one for examination and the other for fixing the permanent crowns.

The dentist will begin the process with a comprehensive dental assessment, where she will examine the teeth and the extent of the damage.

The teeth need reshaping to make room for the caps. The gum tissue is numbed to reduce discomfort during the process. After the reshaping process, the dentist will take a cast or mold of your teeth to make the crowns. Since it takes a couple of weeks to get the permanent crowns back, the dentist will cover the teeth with temporary caps.

On the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crowns and clean the teeth. Next, blue-colored cement is used to fix the crowns as it is strong and resistant to heat, cold, and wear. The dentist can use laser light to harden the cement and remove the excess cement. The teeth are finally polished to match with the rest of the teeth.

What Problems Can Dental Crowns Cause?

Most people who have front teeth crowns in place say that they do not cause unpleasant problems. However, this is not the case for everyone.

Some people report to experience:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods/drinks, due to the crowns’ sharp edges.
  • You may experience irritation inside your mouth and sometimes the throat. This is caused by food particles or bacteria trapped between front teeth crowns and their underlying tooth structures.
  • Lack of bite balance, caused by front teeth crowns that are out of alignment with each other.

While the crowns are durable, it is vital to take care of them as you would your natural teeth.

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