Dental Crowns for Front Teeth
When a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, there are a few different treatment options to choose from. Sometimes dental crowns are necessary to provide strength and reinforcement, particularly if teeth are weakened or broken-down. Drs. Charles and Patrick Casey offer advanced dental crown treatment at our Montreal, QC, practice.
When crowning a front tooth, there are few things to consider. First, the restoration must be strong enough to withstand everyday biting forces. It should also be aesthetically pleasing since it is in the smile zone and immediately visible to others. In this blog post, we discuss dental crowns for front teeth and explain how to properly maintain them for long-lasting results.
Why a Front Tooth Crown May Be Necessary
There are plenty of reasons why you may need a crown on a front tooth. In most cases, front tooth crowns are placed for restorative purposes. Maybe the tooth is decayed, broken, or worn. Perhaps it was fractured in a sports-related accident. Or maybe the tooth had a root canal and needs a crown for added protection. In other words, a tooth may require a crown for oral health reasons.
In some cases, crowns may be placed on front teeth for purely cosmetic reasons. For instance, aesthetic imperfections such as discoloration, cracks, gaps, and other issues can be addressed with these custom restorations.
Aesthetics of a Front Tooth Crown
Because front teeth are immediately visible, special care must be taken to ensure that the new restoration blends in seamlessly with your smile. During a consultation at our Montreal practice, your dentist will discuss your options with you in detail.
Crowns for back teeth are often made with a metal substructure for added strength. However, these restorations may not be suitable for front teeth because over time, the metal may show through the ceramic and detract from the appearance of your smile. Front teeth crowns are generally made from medical-grade ceramic or zirconia. These materials offer both strength and beauty, making these crowns the optimal choice for restoring the front teeth.
Maintaining Dental Crowns for Front Teeth
Once your new dental crown is placed, you will want to protect your investment. To keep your restoration looking and feeling great for several years to come, follow these recommended guidelines:
- Brush your teeth (and crowns) twice a day with a soft brush and nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss around your dental crown at least once every day.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash with fluoride to remineralize enamel and keep harmful microbes at bay.
- Do not use your teeth to open bottles or packages.
- Attend regular dental exams and cleanings.
- Limit your consumption of dark-colored foods and beverages to prevent staining.
Learn More about Dental Crowns
If you have a front tooth that is damaged or decayed, a dental crown can enhance your appearance and oral health. To learn more about the treatment options at our Montreal practice, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. Contact us online or call our office at (514) 937-6558. Our knowledgeable team is always standing by to answer any questions you may have regarding treatment.