While our teeth should last forever, sometimes our teeth get damaged for various reasons. When your tooth is damaged, you can experience discomfort or difficulty performing oral functions such as chewing and brushing. Some people feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth.
Among other procedures, a dental crown is an ideal solution for enhancing the appearance and function of your tooth. Generally, a crown is a tooth-shaped dental cap placed over a damaged tooth to repair or hide the damage. A dental crown offers both cosmetic and restorative benefits. Once cemented over the damaged tooth, it restores shape, size, strength, and appearance.
If you’re wondering whether a dental crown on a front tooth is noticeable, it depends on the type of crown you choose. Generally, dental crowns are various materials like metal, porcelain, composite resin, gold, and zirconia. If you’re looking to use a crown on front teeth, your dentist will customize the crown to match the shade of the surrounding teeth.
In such a case, they will use tooth-colored materials such as porcelain, composite resin, or zirconia to make the crown. If you choose gold or metal crowns, they will be noticeable when talking or laughing. Most dentists recommend using tooth-colored crowns for front teeth restorations. Also, porcelain and ceramic crowns are resistant to stains and discoloration, meaning that they won’t get discolored like natural teeth. You only have to maintain good dental hygiene and habits.
Getting a dental crown typically takes about two visits to the dental office. Sometimes you can have same-day crowns if your dentist has the technology to make a dental crown in their office. The procedure of getting a crown typically involves:
If the dentist has the technology to make same-day crowns, you won’t need the temporary crown. The dentist takes digital images of the tooth and surrounding teeth. They then use computer software to create a 3D model of the tooth. Another machine is used to make the crown out of ceramic. Once the crown is ready, it’s cemented in place.
If you’re going for a standard dental crown, it takes about 2-4 weeks to cement the crown into place. You only need 2-4 hours for same-day dental crowns to transform your smile. The makeover treatment may be longer if a dental crown is used alongside other procedures such as root canals, dental bridges, and dental implants. Contact a cosmetic dentist near you to determine how long your treatment will take.
Do you need a smile makeover in West San Jose? Contact Neeshat S. Khan, DDS, to book your appointment today.