Dental Crown Options for the Front Teeth
Any tooth that has suffered from damage or decay or has been lost completely is a candidate for dental crowns treatment. Dental crowns repair a damaged tooth (or replace a lost tooth when supported by an implant) in order to restore oral function and maintain the health of adjacent teeth and the overall structure of the mouth. While dental crowns offer patients restorative benefits, they can also provide significant aesthetic benefits. This becomes especially important when our Harrisburg patients require dental crowns on the front teeth. In these cases, the cosmetic dentists at Silvers Family Dental Care discuss with patients their best options for dental crowns treatment in order to restore strength and function to the teeth while maintaining a flawless and beautiful smile.
Dental Crown Options
There are several options when it comes to choosing a type of dental crown. Each type of dental crown has positive and negative features to consider. When a patient has a tooth in the back of the mouth that requires treatment, the patient may be more likely to consider strength and cost factors for dental crowns. However, when the front teeth require dental crowns treatment, the priority shifts to offering patients a restorative option that still restores strength and function, but focuses on creating an attractive aesthetic. Because of the aesthetics, the following types of dental crowns would be poor options for the front teeth:
- All metal crowns: All metal crowns offer superior strength to patients. However, they are completely free of ceramics or any tooth-colored material. While these gray restorations may be suitable for the back teeth, they would make a poor option for the front teeth.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal: These crowns offer the strength of a metal center and the aesthetic benefit of a porcelain overlay. This type of dental crown is more attractive than metal crowns and are a popular choice for many patients undergoing dental crowns treatment toward the back of the mouth. While they are an attractive restoration, they may not be ideal for the front teeth. Over time the porcelain layer may begin to wear away, giving the teeth a gray hue that most patients would not appreciate on the front, most visible teeth.
The front teeth are visible to others throughout the day. It is impossible to talk, laugh, or eat without flashing the front teeth. For this reason, the aesthetic aspect of dental crown treatment for the front teeth is very important. Our dentists believe that the best option for dental crowns treatment on the front teeth is all porcelain crowns.
- All porcelain: All porcelain crowns are completely free of metal. These restorations can be custom-fabricated to closely match the shape, size, and color of the natural teeth. All porcelain crowns will blend in seamlessly with adjacent teeth and offer patients the most visually appealing dental crown option for the front teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
At Silvers Family Dental Care, we know that the appearance of the smile is important to our patients. That is why we offer restorative dental treatments that allow patients to maintain or improve the aesthetics of the smile. If you would like to learn more about dental crowns or our other restorative treatment options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Silvers at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!