Dental crowns are versatile and durable restorations that can restore strength and aesthetics to your smile. The dental caps can be fabricated from gold, metal, porcelain-fused-to-gold, and ceramic.
Special considerations will be made for dental crown placement in the smile zone. If you are seeking crowns as a cosmetic or restorative treatment for your front teeth, the doctors of Boston Prosthodontics in Boston, MA, will help ensure your custom restoration blends seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Cosmetic Uses of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are a great cosmetic treatment option for the front teeth. The restoration fully encases the tooth in a ceramic cap. This allows our doctors to drastically change the shape, size, or color of your tooth.
A dental crown can be used to replace a front tooth that is:
- Severely stained
- Disproportionately small
Restorative Uses of Dental Crowns
If one of your front teeth becomes chipped or cracked, a dental crown can restore strength and structure to that tooth. The placement of a crown over a damaged tooth often saves the tooth from needing to be extracted. In addition, crowns are placed following restorative treatments. If you have a front tooth that is severely decayed, one of our Boston dentists may place a crown to protect your tooth following the removal of extensive decay.
Is the Procedure for Placing Crowns on Front Teeth Different?
The basic steps involved in placing a dental crown are the same, regardless of which tooth is being treated. There are special considerations for front teeth, though. Teeth in the smile zone do not have to bear the same levels of pressure that molars do. This means that your front tooth crown does not have to be fabricated from metal. Our office offers ceramics that match the color and luster of enamel. Our doctors will take care to ensure that your front tooth crown is natural-looking.
If you are seeking a front tooth crown to restore aesthetics or function to your smile, you can trust the doctors of Boston Prosthodontics to deliver a crown that blends seamlessly with your natural smile.
Prepping Your Tooth
Before your crown can be placed, one of our doctors will have to prepare your tooth. This involves the removal of natural tooth structure. Once local anesthesia has been used to numb the tooth, the dentist will use a special tool to gently remove enamel where needed.
Impressions and Fabrication
Then, an impression of your mouth will be made so the crown can be fabricated to exacting standards. Our Boston dental practice offers a world-class laboratory onsite. This allows our doctors to handle every aspect of crown fabrication. Onsite dental crown fabrication also saves our patients valuable time by reducing the turnaround time involved in making a crown.
Once your front tooth crown is ready, one of our doctors will ensure that the restoration is a perfect fit and matches your aesthetic expectations. Many of our patients are surprised to learn just how lifelike a crown can look. Once you are completely satisfied with the look and feel of your front tooth crown, the restoration will be cemented in place.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you have a front tooth that is damaged or decayed, a dental crown can restore the function and appearance of your smile. To learn more about this treatment option, contact us online anytime or call our office at (617) 523-5451.