An adult female patient visited me interested in replacing four crowns on her lower front teeth. She had multiple fillings placed over the years that were fracturing and discoloring. She wanted to match them to her newer, upper-front crowns and improve the overall aesthetics of her smile.
Crowns are recommended for teeth that have lost a large amount of their structural integrity due to issues such as a large cavity, a fracture or grinding. They cover the entire tooth protecting it from further damage. They can also be used to improve aesthetics by altering the shape, length, width and color of the porcelain.
The patient’s failing fillings were replaced and then the teeth were prepared for crowns. We provided her with temporary crowns for approximately two weeks. During a return visit, we replaced the temporary crowns with porcelain ones. This is a painless process, and the length of the procedures corresponds to the number of crowns being placed.
With these new crowns, I was able to create a consistent shape and shade throughout that matched the upper and surrounding teeth. By making these changes, I was able to provide the patient with a much more aesthetic, natural looking smile. She was extremely pleased with the results.