Are Crowns Used on Front Teeth? By belldental on March 16, 2020

Middle-aged man in sweater smiles a bright white smileDental crowns may be recommended to treat the front teeth for restorative or cosmetic reasons. The porcelain or porcelain-and-metal prosthetics completely cover a tooth in a protective cap.

Special aesthetic considerations will be made when fitting crowns in the “smile zone.” Our Lake Jackson, TX, dental practice, Bell Dental, is dedicated to providing the highest standards of dental care and delivering durable and aesthetically pleasing restorations. Read on to learn if you are a candidate for dental crowns for the front teeth.

Reasons for Dental Crowns on the Front Teeth

Many people associate dental crowns with treatments for molars and premolars. The protective caps are often used to restore strength and structure to teeth that are severely decayed or infected.

Crowns are a great option for front teeth too. The durable restorations can match the color and luster of natural teeth.

Candidates for dental crowns for the front teeth may have:

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Severe decay
  • Underwent a root canal
  • Cosmetic issues that can’t be addressed using cosmetic treatments

Your candidacy for dental crowns will be established during an appointment at our Lake Jackson, TX, dental practice. Patients who have experienced the loss of one or more front teeth can also have their smile restored by having dental implants placed. Once the area heals, a custom dental crown can be attached to the implant.

Treatment Alternatives

If your dental concerns are cosmetic in nature, you may also be a candidate for bonding or porcelain veneers. If you require restorative care, an inlay or onlay may be an option. In many cases, crowns offer superior stability compared to an inlay or onlay.

Cosmetic Considerations

Dental crowns for the front teeth are typically made completely out of porcelain. The ceramic material will be closely shade-matched to blend in with your natural teeth. Porcelain even mimics the reflective qualities of enamel. Placing dental crowns in the “smile zone” is part science and part art. Careful consideration of the aesthetic results will be taken into account when designing, fabricating, and placing the crown.

Adjusting to Your Restored Smile

The front teeth serve an important function when you eat and chew. Although your dental crown will feel and function just like a natural tooth, there will be a short adjustment period following its placement at our Lake Jackson dental practice.

Notably, in the days or even weeks following the final placement of your dental crowns, you may feel that your bite feels “off.” This natural side effect will subside over time. Temperature sensitivity is another potential side effect. We recommend that patients avoid hot or cold food and drinks for the week or two after having crowns placed. 

Schedule Your Dental Crown Consultation Today

Is a cracked, stained, or otherwise imperfect front tooth leaving you embarrassed to smile? At Bell Dental, our doctors provide custom restorations and beautiful, long-lasting results. To learn more about how a dental crown can restore your smile and your confidence, please contact our office online or call (979) 297-1201.

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