Dental Crowns for the Front Teeth
Your front teeth have the biggest impact on how you feel about the appearance of your smile. Tooth decay, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, misshaped teeth, or internally stained front teeth can make the smile appear unhealthy and less attractive.
At Dr. Robert W. Hessberger’s practice in Chicago, IL, we can design and place natural-looking dental crowns. Dr. Hessberger can restore the health and appearance of your smiles with dental crowns for the front teeth.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are made from porcelain. Modern dental porcelain can be very thin, yet still durable and resilient. This makes it ideal for dental restorations because the material looks natural but is long lasting.
A crown encases the front, back, sides, and biting surface of a tooth. Because of their full-coverage fabrication, crowns can restore a front tooth that has been damaged due to injury or dental problem.
Are Porcelain Veneers a Better Option?
If you have no need for restoration of your front tooth and your only goal is a cosmetic improvement, porcelain veneers might be the better choice. Veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth, so they aren’t a good choice if the tooth needs more strength and support.
When Are Dental Crowns a Better Option for the Front Teeth?
You will need a dental crown instead of a veneer if:
- We need to replace a large filling in a front tooth
- Your front tooth is deeply cracked
- The structure of the whole tooth has been compromised
- The tooth is broken, rather than minimally chipped
- A root canal has been or will be performed on the tooth
Cost of Dental Crowns vs. Porcelain Veneers
A single dental crown may cost half of what a veneer costs because dental insurance may cover part of the cost. A crown is considered medically necessary to maintain the health of the affected tooth. Veneers are not normally covered because they are considered an elective cosmetic treatment.
What to Expect after Dental Crown Treatment
Right after a dental crown is placed, you may experience some sensitivity for a few days. Try to avoid putting pressure on the affected tooth for a few days until senstivity has resolved.
Your porcelain dental crown should last for 15 years or more if you practice good oral hygiene and maintain good oral health.
Care for your dental crown just as you do your natural teeth: by brushing, flossing, and attending checkups and cleanings every six months. If your crowned tooth experienced pain at any time, or if your crown is damaged, contact our office for an appointment.
Schedule Your Dental Crown Consultation
Dr. Hessberger has more than 35 years of experience providing patients with quality dental care services. He has helped hundreds of patients decide on the most effective and practical treatment plan to achieve their goals for good oral health and an attractive smile.
Call our Chicago dental office at (773) 792-5562 or contact us online to schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert W. Hessberger. As an experienced cosmetic dentist, he will talk with you about what you want from dental treatment, then help you decide if dental crowns are the best option.