I need a crown on a front tooth and my dentist is suggesting that I use his new CEREC machine, which will allow me to get my dental crown the same day as my appointment. There is something appealing in that, but I want to make certain that they are just as good as the traditional crowns. This is a front tooth so I don’t want to have something that doesn’t fit right and makes my smile look weird.
The CEREC machine can produce a well fit crown. However, front teeth are a bit trickier. It’s not tricky to make them fit. The difficult part comes in getting them to look both natural and beautiful. It takes a great deal of artistry.
With CEREC, the crowns are produced from a single block of porcelain. If you look at your front teeth, you will notice that there are many variations to the opacity. Parts of your tooth are lighter and have more translucency than other parts of the teeth. Because CEREC uses a single block of porcelain the results will be uniform, which will make front teeth look rather flat. Your dentist would have to know how to use different types of stains and tints in order to produce the variations needed to look natural.
If your dentist is not a highly skilled cosmetic dentist, I would not use CEREC for a front tooth. In fact, even with tradtional crowns, you need to make certain the dentist uses a temporary try-in paste to make sure the crowns not only look natural and beautiful, but that they blend seamlessly with the remainder of your teeth, especially the adjacent front tooth. It will probably take a few tries to get it perfect.
This is above the skill level of most dentists. I would either look for a dentist who is recommended on the mynewsmile.com website or someone who has reached accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. These are the top cosmetic dentists in the country. If it were any other tooth than a front tooth, it would be an easy assignment.
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