I had an accident with my bicycle and ended up damaging my two front teeth. I want to do the CEREC one-visit crowns, but my dentist said, I shouldn’t do those on front teeth. Is there a good reason for this or should I just go to a different dentist who would be willing to do that for me?
CEREC crowns are milled from a single block of porcelain If you look at the block of porcelain above, you will notice that the color and texture are uniform. That means the tooth that CEREC will create for you will be uniform in color too.
Now look at this tooth on the left. Notice how there are varying shades of colors and opacities and you go from the top to the bottom of the tooth.
Your front teeth are the most exposed to light. If your teeth do not have these subtle differences, they will look fake. Unless your dentist has serious expertise in color theory and stains, which he probably doesn’t, then he will not be able to achieve a natural looking result on your front teeth.
The way to do that is by doing a traditional crown. This allows the ceramist to use several porcelains each with a different shade and opacity, giving your front teeth a more natural look.
Your dentist said no to the CEREC crown in order to give you the best result possible. Of course, it is your teeth. If the convenience of one visit completely trumps getting a tooth that looks both attractive and natural then you can certainly find another dentist who is willing to give you CEREC crowns on your front teeth. I’m certain you’ll find someone willing to take your money who doesn’t care how nice your results are.
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