Are Crowns On Front Teeth Noticeable?

Are Crowns On Front Teeth Noticeable?

May 01, 2022

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.

Are Dental Crowns Noticeable?

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.

The Dental Crown Procedure

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:

  • During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth that requires the crown. They will begin by taking X-rays of the tooth and the surrounding bone. A root canal can prevent infection or decay if the tooth is infected.
  • Next, they file down the tooth by removing a part of its enamel. It is essential to make enough for the crown to fit normally without looking bulky or unnatural. If much of the tooth is missing, the dentist will build up the tooth to provide enough structure for the crown to fit properly.
  • Once the dentist reshapes the tooth, they use a putty or paste to make impressions of the tooth and surrounding teeth. The impressions are taken to a dental lab to create the permanent crown. In the meantime, the dentist places a temporary crown to protect the shaped tooth.
  • Once the permanent crown is ready, you will go for the second appointment. They remove the temporary crown. Next, the dentist tests the customized crown and cements it over the tooth.

Same-Day Dental Crowns

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.

How Long Will a Smile Makeover Take?

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.

Benefits of Getting Dental Crown From Neeshat Khan DDS

  • Dental crowns are customized. Our dentist will design your crown to match your natural teeth’ shape, size, and color. The crown will look just like your natural teeth.
  • Improved appearance. Dental crowns will enhance your appearance by correcting teeth imperfections such as staining, misshapen teeth, chips, cracks, discoloration, fractures, etc.
  • Quick recovery time. If you get a dental crown, you only need a few days to recover fully and get back to your regular hygiene and eating routine.
  • Dental crowns are durable. With proper care, permanent crowns on front teeth can last for 20 to 30 years.
  • Less invasive. Dental crowns only require minimal shaving of the damaged tooth’s enamel. It preserves much of your natural tooth.

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