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A Quick Guide to Dental Crowns for Your Front Teeth
Patients who feel self-conscious about their front teeth often consider dental crowns to enhance their smile, but some people worry that repairing the issue could cause other problems to arise. There are several questions and misconceptions regarding dental crowns, especially when it comes to a patient’s front teeth. Common queries include: How much will a dental crown cost? Will the crown look different than my natural teeth? What does the procedure entail?
In response to these concerns, this guide will provide concise answers to help patients learn if a dental crown is right for them.
About dental crowns
According to The U.S. National Library of Medicine, there are several reasons why a dental crown may be recommended to a patient. Aesthetic issues, such as discolored or misaligned front teeth, can be concealed with dental crowns. A crown can also provide added protection to a cracked, chipped or broken tooth.
If a tooth is decayed or a patient undergoes a root canal, a dental crown is used to prevent fracture or damage to the weakened tooth. In cases where a number of teeth are missing, a dental crown may be placed in order to attach a dental bridge.
The average cost of dental crowns
Crowns can vary in cost depending on what material is used. Metal crowns, such as gold crowns, tend to be the least expensive options, whereas porcelain and ceramic crowns are the priciest. That being said, a single crown can range from $800 to $1,700, but most insurance companies will cover a portion of the cost.
Will a front crown look natural?
Yes. The dentist can match the color of the crown to the shade of the surrounding teeth by using tooth-colored resin or by using porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown. Since front teeth are not used for chewing or biting as much as molars, front dental crowns tend to last several years, and they will not become discolored like natural teeth. Patients just need to maintain good dental hygiene to ensure that their natural teeth remain the same shade over time.
The dental crown procedure
During the first visit, the dentist will apply an anesthetic, file down the sides of the tooth to make room for the crown, and create a mold of the patient’s tooth. The mold is sent to a lab where the crown will be built, and in the meantime, a temporary crown will be attached to the tooth.
Once the custom dental crown arrives a few weeks later, the patient returns to have the temporary crown removed. Their new crown is then placed over the tooth with a strong adhesive.
Do you currently need a dental crown?
If you have a crooked, broken or discolored front tooth that prevents you from showing off your full smile, a dental crown can restore your confidence and protect your tooth from further decay or damage. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and explore whether dental crowns may be right for you.
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