Front teeth affected by damage or decay do more than just affect the health of your teeth. Issues with these teeth can also significantly impact your smile, resulting in a loss of confidence. Fortunately, Summit Dental Care can improve your oral health and your smile, which can help to boost your confidence, with crowns.
Crowns for Your Front Teeth
Crowns are a common solution for damaged teeth. They can be used to treat back teeth as well as front teeth. It can treat a tooth that has suffered physical damage, or that has too much decay to be treated with a filling. It covers the entire tooth, protecting it from more harm and infections. A crown also functions to restore strength to the damaged or decayed tooth, which enables it to function just as it always has.
Crowns can be made from many different materials. Common crown materials include metal, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic. When it comes to treating damaged teeth at the front of your mouth, ceramic crowns are most often preferred. Made entirely of ceramic, they provide the most aesthetic benefits.
The Benefits of Ceramic for Your Front Teeth
The greatest benefit to using ceramic is that it looks exactly like the rest of your teeth. We can select the shade that most closely matches the color of your natural tooth enamel so that your crown will blend in perfectly.
Another benefit to ceramic crowns is that, while not as strong as metal, they can stand up to most of the daily wear and tear that your front teeth face. Still, it would help if you avoided habits like biting your nails or chewing on ice. These habits can cause the ceramic to chip or break, resulting in the need for a replacement.
Your First Appointment
Crowns generally require two appointments. The first appointment is devoted to tooth preparation. First, a local anesthetic is administered so that you do not feel any discomfort during the process. After the local anesthetic takes effect, we shave, or remove, a portion of your tooth enamel. Once the tooth has been prepared, an impression of your mouth is taken, and a color guide is used to select the appropriate shade for your final crown. Before you leave, a temporary crown is placed on the treated tooth. While you wait for your final crown, the temporary crown functions to protect the tooth and prevent infections.
Fitting Your Final Crown
The crown is created in a dental lab. The technicians use the impression and color selected from the guide to custom design your crown. After it has been completed, you then have your second appointment. At this appointment, we remove the temporary teeth and place the completed crown on your tooth to check its fit, comfort, and appearance. If the crown is too snug, we may shave down the sides of the adjacent teeth. If there is too much space between the crown and your other teeth, it will need to be sent back to the lab, and a new one created. If everything looks and feels fine, the crown is secured onto the tooth using dental cement.
If you have a damaged or decayed front tooth, a ceramic crown can protect your oral health while improving your smile at the same time. For more information, call Summit Dental Care at (208)733-9999 today.