When you think of a dental crown, you likely think about how they are used on your molars to protect teeth severely compromised by decay or which have undergone a root canal. While crowns are commonly used for this, they can also be used on your front teeth. In fact, those who face challenges with confidence due to issues with their front teeth will often consider dental crowns as a form of treatment. Dr. Mark Martindale and the team at Martindale Family Dentistry are here to answer questions for patients in the Griffin, Georgia, area.
Commonly asked questions include the following:
These are all valid concerns, so what follows is a quick guide that provides more information about dental crowns so that you can decide if this treatment is right for you.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine states that there are many reasons why one would be recommended a dental crown for front teeth. These reasons can be esthetic in nature, including discolored teeth, misaligned front teeth, and teeth that are cracked, chipped, or broken. Crowns can cap a tooth to conceal a purely cosmetic flaw. In the case of a damaged front tooth, the crown can be put in place to protect it from further damage. When a tooth undergoes a root canal, a crown will be utilized to protect the severely weakened tooth. If you are missing multiple front teeth, a crown can also anchor a dental bridge in place.
Dental crowns can vary in cost. Factors that go into this cost include the materials used, how many crowns are needed, etc. While many dentists have opted for porcelain crowns, other options are still available, including metal crowns (made of gold). Metal crowns are a cheaper option than more expensive porcelain or ceramic crowns. That said, the cost of a dental crown can often range anywhere from around $800 to $1,700. If you have dental insurance, they will likely cover a portion of the cost, depending on your specific plan.
If you ever elect to get a front tooth dental crown or if your dentist recommends one, the great news is that it will not be noticeable. Because the materials used to craft a dental crown can be shaded to match the appearance of your surrounding teeth, your dental crown will be discreet and undetectable. Because your front teeth are not used for chewing or biting on the scale your molars are, a front tooth dental crown should also have a longer lifespan. You just need to maintain a good dental hygiene regimen to ensure that your crowns stay in great shape for years.