At Wellesley Dental Studio, we specialize in the perfection of anterior crowns.
Your smile is important, so for every anterior crown we place, we use a lab technician to perfectly match your crowns to the exact shade your surrounding tooth for no extra cost.
To help you have the best experience possible, here are some common questions and topics you should know before getting an anterior crown placed.
What are anterior crowns?
Anterior crowns are crowns which are placed at the front of the your mouth. They require special attention to detail in comparison to posterior crowns which are at the back of your mouth. It's incredibly important to get your front-teeth crowns done properly, because that's what people are going to see when you smile!
Will my anterior crown color match the rest of my teeth?
Natural teeth often exhibit many different shades of subtle white colors that are unique to each person. At Wellesley Dental Studio, we custom match your crowns to the exact shade of each of your teeth so that they blend in nicely with the surrounding teeth.
This process involves a visit with the dental laboratory technician who can map out the exact shades that make up your teeth to get a crown which matches beautifully to the rest of your smile.
What material is used for an anterior crown?
Shade is just one component of the final esthetic result for your anterior crowns. The material we use also makes a difference in the final look. Anterior crowns are made from either porcelain or porcelain fused to a metal core.
Should I choose Porcelain Crowns or Porcelain fused to metal?
All-porcelain crowns are the most natural looking option because they subtly reflect light very similarly to a natural tooth. Porcelain crowns are also translucent, just like natural teeth, and they give a natural, cosmetic result. If the gumline were to pull away from your tooth with time, which typically occurs with aging, the edge of the all-porcelain crown will be less noticeable than it would be with a porcelain fused to metal crown.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns are still quite cosmetically appealing and are shade matched precisely to your teeth, but they can look slightly more matte in appearance because light won’t shine through the metal core like it would a real tooth.
Here's why you might need an Anterior Crown placed:
- To protect large fillings/cavities
- To protect deep fillings/cavities
- To protect the cracks in teeth
- To protect large chips in a front tooth
- To fix a tooth that has undergone a root canal
Why use Crowns instead of Veneers?
Crowns are similar to veneers but are stronger and can be longer lasting than a veneer for roughly the same cost.
What to look out for when getting a Crown
A crown will not whiten as natural teeth would. For best coloring results, it's always best to whiten before the final shade is done on an anterior crown. This ensures that the crown most closely matches your new tooth shade after whitening.
Why get multiple anterior crowns placed?
Sometimes there can be very subtle differences between a tooth made in porcelain and a natural tooth. Because of this, some patients will elect to do anterior crowns on a group of teeth (for example the front two, four, or six teeth) for a more natural looking and uniform result.