Front Tooth Crowns: What Are the Best Options?

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Nobody looks forward to going to the dentist.  But afterwards, they’re usually glad they did. Maintaining good oral hygiene makes us feel good, and having healthy teeth makes us feel better about the way we look.  Crowns, especially on your front teeth, can make a world of difference.

Why Crowns?

Having a crown put on a tooth is perhaps one of the least invasive dental procedures you can have.  A crown, as its name implies, is just a tooth-colored topping for an existing tooth that’s been damaged in some way.  Front Tooth (Anterior) Crowns are especially important because they cover the teeth that are the most visible to others.  In addition to their cosmetic value, front tooth crowns also have several practical purposes, such as:

  • Repairing traumatized teeth that have been damaged by periodontal disease, cavities, or injury
  • Re-aligning your bite, so your mouth closes properly and you can eat and talk better
  • Improving your overall dental health, which, in turn, helps you avoid future problems
  • Sealing off a root canal
  • Boosting your self-confidence

So it’s a win-win:  You’ll look and feel better—and be healthier!

Not All Crowns Are Created Equal

Depending on whether a tooth is badly damaged or even missing, two types of crowns can be used to correct the problem:  A complete crown, which essentially re-builds the entire tooth, or a partial crown, also called an “onlay,” or “3/4 crown,” which covers just the top of the tooth.  Partial crowns are used mainly to address minor issues—often cosmetic ones—whereas a full crown may be necessary to correct a structural fault in your teeth. The complete crown goes all the way down to the gumline and restores both the appearance and functionality of your teeth.

Picking the Best Material

Crowns can be made out of several different types of substances, such as metal (gold, chrome, or palladium), porcelain, ceramic, or zirconium.  Where you need the crown may determine which type is best for you.  Because your front teeth are the most visible to others, your orthodontist may recommend zirconium, since its color and texture more closely resemble the natural appearance of real teeth, and because it’s not as fragile as other types.  Over the last couple of decades, more orthodontists are recommending synthetics such as zirconium because of their durability  They might cost a little more than more traditional kinds, such as the porcelain-fused-to-metal varieties, but a little extra may be worth it—especially if you’re allergic to any metals, or if you’re really hard on your teeth.

How Long Do Crowns Last?

A permanent crown (full or partial) is designed to last a long time.  And, with the new digital technology available used to create detailed impressions of your teeth, a crown can be fit so perfectly that people at a normal social distance will never be able to tell that you have one.  Generally speaking, a well-constructed crown that is correctly put in may last ten years or more; crown recipients who maintain good oral hygiene may expect their crowns to last the longest.   (If your orthodontist talks about a “temporary crown,” that’s just something used to cover your tooth while your permanent crown is being made.)   Today, the materials used for most front teeth crowns are highly advanced and will provide years of success.

What’s It Like To Get a Front Crown?

Having a crown may sound scary, but it’s a pretty simple procedure.  A specialist will take pictures of your mouth—using the most advanced digital technology—to make the impression.  When your impression is ready, you’ll be given a mild local anesthetic to numb your mouth during the procedure, which involves filing down and fitting the crown to align with the adjacent teeth.  Any discomfort after the anesthetic wears is off is minor and can be managed easily with over-the-counter pain-killers and it doesn’t last very long, anyway.  Very soon, you’ll be able to talk, smile, and eat like you did before you ever had any problems.

It’s Time To Get Crowned!

The key to success is to have experienced professionals, top-rate materials, and a state-of-the-art facility for your crown; you certainly don’t want to take any shortcuts when it comes to your teeth!

The Dental District dental clinic in Tijuana, part of  New City Medical Plaza, is your source for dental crowns in Tijuana or your other dental needs, such as root canal in Mexico, invisalign in Tijuana, bridges, dentures, dental implants in Mexico, or routine cleaning and whitening. Our highly qualified bi-lingual staff will see that you get thorough, professional care before, during, and after your procedure, and at a cost less than what you’d pay in the States.  Only a few minutes from San Diego, the best local accommodations await you during your treatment.  We also accept most major U.S. dental insurance plans and offer several payment methods for your convenience.  Contact our dentist in Tijuana today and get started on your new smile!

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