Dental Crowns for the Front Teeth
Damage to the front teeth can affect an individual’s appearance and might cause them to shy away from being around others. Additionally, it might be harder for an individual to chew, bite, or speak clearly. Some patients might even experience pain or discomfort. To address these concerns, dentists often recommend dental crowns for the front teeth.
Dr. Edward Narcisi uses the restorative treatment at our Monroeville, PA, office to not only cover teeth and improve their look but also to strengthen them. When patients visit our practice, we can determine if crowns are the right option to treat their smiles.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that are placed over damaged teeth. Before a patient receives a crown at our office, we assess their teeth and oral health to determine if they are a good candidate. Individuals of almost all ages can receive crowns, and the best patients have teeth that are:
- Damaged due to decay
- Cracked, chipped, or broken
- Severely worn
- Misshapen or crooked
- Extremely discolored
What Materials Are Used?
Crowns come in a variety of materials, such as stainless steel, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. For the front teeth, we typically recommend all-porcelain or all-ceramic. These materials look more natural and match the surrounding teeth better.
How Are Crowns Placed?
In most cases, we design and place crowns in two separate visits. During your first appointment at our Monroeville office, Dr. Narcisi examines your teeth and gums to ensure your oral health is sufficient. If not, the doctor will first treat conditions like gum disease and tooth decay. The dentist then takes x-rays of your teeth and jawbone.
The doctor will use local anesthesia to numb your teeth and gums. Your tooth will be reshaped to prep you for the crown and ensure an appropriate fit. A special putty is used to make impressions or the dentist might use a digital scanner. The impressions are used to fabricate your crowns at a laboratory. While your crowns are being made, the doctor can install a temporary crown.
Once we receive the crown, the patient returns to the office to have it placed. The dentist first ensures that the crown is the proper color, size, and shape. A strong dental bond is used to cement the crown into place.
What Happens Afterward?
After dental crown treatment, your teeth might feel sensitive or you might experience some discomfort. An over-the-counter pain reliever can help minimize any side effects. Additionally, you should avoid certain foods and drinks to reduce sensitivity.
How Do I Care for My Crowns?
Patients must treat their crowns just like their normal teeth, including brushing and flossing every day. Regular dental appointments are crucial to ensure your crowns are being maintained and continue to protect the treated teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
Take the first step towards a healthier smile today. To set up a consultation and learn more about dental crowns for the front teeth, you can contact us online. You can also reach our Monroeville office at (412) 373-9447 to schedule your appointment.