When you’re missing some of the teeth in the front of your mouth, Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS wants you to know that there is a solution. Anterior crowns are a great option regardless of whether you’ve suffered trauma, you're teeth have deteriorated for medical reasons (e.g., large, deep crowns or fillings; cracked or chipped teeth; root canals), or you’re looking to improve on your teeth cosmetically (improving the shape or shade of the teeth in the front of your mouth). Before you get anterior crowns, there are some things you should know about crowns and how they are made.
What Anterior Crowns Are
Anterior crowns are those that are placed in the front of your mouth. Due to their location, these require some special considerations regarding cosmetics and aesthetics. These two factors are key here since everyone wants to see your beautiful smile. As such, it’s important to take the shade of your natural front teeth into consideration. This is something that varies from person to person, but finding the right shade that blends in nicely with the rest of your teeth is an important part of the process here, nonetheless.
How Anterior Crowns are Made
There are two ways in which anterior crowns can be made. Both are like veneers, but they’re stronger. They’ll also last longer even though they cost about the same.
The first is by making them from porcelain. Since porcelain is translucent and can delicately reflect some light, this is your most natural looking option. Additionally, as you age your gumline will start to recede from your teeth. It’s also nice to know that porcelain is less noticeable when this happens. In the past, they were also much more fragile, but this is no longer the case today.
The second is by fusing porcelain to a metal core (a.k.a. PFM). These are also cosmetically appealing since they’re made to be a precise match for your natural teeth. (Remember, since you can’t whiten your crowns like you can whiten your natural teeth, you should undergo the whitening process before being color matched.) Unfortunately, they do appear a bit more matte because light can’t shine through them. Still the strongest option for crowns, these come highly recommended for anyone with a very tight bite or who clenches or grinds their teeth. You may have to deal with the appearance of a small black line in the future when your gums begin receding.
The Decision to get Anterior Crowns
Properly fitted anterior crowns will blend in nicely with the teeth that surround it. Occasionally there are some subtle differences between them and your natural teeth that are still noticeable though. This is why some people will elect to get them placed over a small group of teeth – between two and six in number. Understanding all these things about anterior crowns is important, but you must understand that this is only your first step. With this information in mind, you’ll want to call Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS at 336-890-8218 to schedule an appointment to get your smile healthy again soon.