Many cosmetic dentists recommend implant crowns over other teeth replacement options because of the long-term benefits they offer. It is helpful to fully understand what dental implants are and how they help patients when determining an appropriate treatment choice. Many cosmetic dentists offer implant crowns as a way for patients with a missing tooth or multiple…
Natural-Looking Dental Implant Crowns for Front Teeth
A dental implant crown can make a huge difference in your day-to-day existence. Just ask anyone that has had to go through life with a missing front tooth. It is the reason why dental crowns are such a popular tooth restoration option –– they can replace a lost tooth and blend in with the remaining natural teeth.
Dental crowns are commonly used to restore badly-damaged natural teeth. The variant that is used to replace missing teeth attaches to a dental implant instead of a natural tooth. As such, a dental implant crown will have a slightly different construction compared to the type of crown that sits on a natural tooth.
Front teeth, back teeth and dental implant crowns
A dental implant crown that is designed to replace a molar can afford to have some ‘imperfections’ that allow it to better attach to a dental implant. Not so with a crown for the front teeth. Most patients prefer their crowns to look perfect and natural, with no discolorations or visible holes. So, how does a patient choose a dental implant crown that they can be proud of? Here are a few guidelines.
Choosing a suitable crown for a front tooth
The first thing that people notice about an individual they have never met before is that person’s appearance. An ‘off’ smile makes just as big an impression as a dazzling one. Here are the rules to remember when choosing an implant-supported crown that will create an appealing set of teeth:
1. The material will determine the color of the crown
Metallic crowns stand out, especially when placed on a front tooth. That look has gone out of style now, so it is unlikely that a patient chooses a gold crown or a silver crown for their front teeth. Unless they are the sort of free spirit that likes to make a statement with their smile.
Even a porcelain crown that is fused with metal has a dark, metallic band of color at its base. The dark color at the gum line is actually the metallic part of the porcelain-and-metal crown. Most, patients will avoid this type of crown because the band of metal at its base still manages to catch the eye.
Patients often choose tooth-colored materials for their crowns. The most common of these is porcelain, which is popular because it is fairly tough. Porcelain is also smooth and translucent, just like the enamel of a natural tooth, making porcelain crowns the most popular choice for natural-looking implant-supported crowns.
2. How the crown attaches to the abutment affects how natural it looks
An implant-supported crown is fastened onto an abutment in one of two ways. The first way is with dental cement, which is tooth-colored. A cement-retained implant looks very natural, compared to the second option, a crown with multiple components.
The second type of crown attaches to an abutment with screws, which are noticeable. This option is usually used for the molars, and rarely for the front teeth.
An all-porcelain crown is the way to go if you want a natural-looking smile
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