How a Tooth Front Crown Can Help You

A front tooth crown is a restoration we can apply to the entire tooth.  Nowadays, metal is no longer necessary for a strong front tooth crown. Today's crowns can completely consist of porcelain.  Porcelain front tooth crowns look just like normal teeth.

However, this is only one type of front tooth crown. Here is a closer look at the different types of crowns and the nuances of this oral health solution.

Types of dental crowns

Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crowns

Also known as PFM crowns, the porcelain-fused-to-metal variety can match the color of your remaining teeth. PFM crowns are the most popular type of crown. PFM crowns look realistic, are affordable and prove quite strong. The metal base serves as quite the robust core that can endure a considerable amount of pressure.

The only drawback is that when exposed to natural light, the metal will manifest in the form of a shadow in the tooth. This is especially visible for front teeth. It is also worth noting if the gums eventually recede from the crown, the metal can appear in the form of a darkened line that makes it clear where the crown and gum meet.

Ceramic/Full Porcelain Crowns

Full ceramic/porcelain crowns offer the best optics.  Furthermore, this type of crown is necessary for people who are allergic to metal.  We typically use full ceramic crowns for the front teeth to provide a realistic appearance. The negative to the full ceramic variety of crown is it is not as strong as PFM. Furthermore, full porcelain crowns are more costly and prone to cracking/chipping.

Temporary Crowns

This type of crown usually consists of an acrylic material. We temporarily cement it on the tooth and have it remain in place until dental technicians complete the permanent crown.  

Zirconia Crowns

This is the strongest type of crown.  It looks natural, is nearly indestructible and commonly used in the front and back portions of the mouth. The only drawback to zirconia is the price. This variety of crown is quite costly. The other negative to this style of crown is it is so hard it has the potential to wear the other teeth it contacts.  This is the thinnest yet most durable crown on the market.

Crown Lifespan

Front tooth crowns usually last upwards of a decade to a decade and a half.  However, some patients enjoy crowns for the remainder of their life.  In general, zirconia crowns last the longest.  If your crown chips or breaks, it should be replaced right away.

The vast majority of crown failures result from tooth decay that occurs below the crown and/or the spread of gum disease.  This is precisely why it is so important to adhere to a regular oral hygiene schedule.

Crowns Take Some Time to Make

Front tooth crowns usually take about a week to finish.  The entire process requires two visits.  Be patient while the technicians in the dental lab make your custom tooth crown and you will enjoy its utility for a decade or longer.

Call us at (516) 301-9032 for more information from Great Neck Dental Arts - Dr. Jeffrey L. Rubin DMD or to schedule an appointment in our dentist office in Great Neck.

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