I have crowns on my front teeth. They are old and fused to metal. The front left tooth had a root canal in 2012, and the tooth is dark. Which ceramic crowns should I request to hide the dark tooth without making it evident that my front teeth have crowns on them? Thank you. Viviana from IL
We understand your concerns. We advise patients to focus on the dentist’s skill to restore their smile rather than the materials used. The riskiest thing you could do is to pick crown material and ask your dentist to use it. This could put the dentist outside their comfort zone, working with an unfamiliar material and producing an unattractive outcome. Remember, no material will guarantee a beautiful result unless the dentist is artistic.
Consider several reasons.
Which Ceramic Is Best for Front Teeth Crowns?
The best ceramics for front teeth crowns depend on several factors, including the condition of your teeth, whether they are discolored, and your dentist’s skill and preferences. We recommend searching for a dentist with advanced cosmetic dentistry training to determine which crowns will produce the most natural-looking results for your teeth.
All-ceramic crowns look natural
While it’s true that porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns don’t look entirely natural, many all-ceramic crowns can look so real that even a trained professional might be unable to tell they’re not your natural teeth.
Durable ceramics are plentiful
All-ceramic options are strong enough for your front teeth, so there is no need to worry about that aspect.
Your dentist’s artistic talent matters
Matching a dental crown to the natural tooth next to it is a challenge. Front teeth show when you smile, so achieving a match is vital to helping you feel confident about your smile. Find a dentist with artistic ability and advanced cosmetic dentistry training. Let the dentist choose a ceramic based on your case and the dentist’s experience and comfort level. Skilled cosmetic dentists collaborate with a master ceramist who understands ceramics and can achieve beautiful results.
Can a Dental Crown Hide a Dark Front Tooth?
If you have an underlying dark tooth, a dentist and ceramist must mask it with opaquer. One technique is to use a composite buildup material and then add the crown. However, some dentists prefer to instruct the lab ceramist to use an opaque layer in the crown instead. and then layer it with feldspathic porcelain for a natural-looking result.
Before choosing a dentist, you can schedule consultations with two or three advanced cosmetic dentists to compare your options and the dentists’ work. A trained cosmetic dentist will balance your bite to prevent TMJ concerns, ensuring your smile is healthy and attractive.
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