Need a dental crown on your front tooth?
If you need a crown on a front tooth, we have a number of treatment options for you.
Do you really need a crown?
Before we start preparing a tooth for a crown, we need to determine if there are other ways to fix the tooth. Because a crown does require drilling the tooth, it might be possible to first try a more conservative approach such as a dental bonding (white filling) or veneer – both restorations are great for front teeth and can last a very long time. Note that with veneers we try to avoid placing veneers on single teeth because the color match is very difficult.
If you do need a crown
If your front tooth really needs a crown, we will most often recommend a ceramic crown or Zirconia crown. These crowns are esthetic, long-lasting, and very strong. Ceramic crowns also require less removal of tooth structure compared to traditional porcelain-fused to metal (PFM) crowns. And while there is nothing wrong with a PFM crown, we try to avoid them on front teeth because over time, the metal edge may start to show at the gumline.
What is the procedure?
The procedure for having a dental crown on a front tooth is the same as it is for having a crown on a back tooth. On the first appointment we prepare the tooth for the crown, take a mold of the tooth, and place a temporary crown to cover the tooth. When you return for your second appointment, we remove the temporary crown, fit the definitive crown, and cement it in. Most of the back teeth crowns are made in the office using CAD/CAM technology, where a milling machine will make your crown while you are waiting, based on a 3d optical scan of your mouth.
If you have any questions about your front teeth or about crowns, please give get in touch or give us a call to learn more.