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Old 03-23-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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My dentist recommended crowns for my front two teeth because they are weak from enamel loss
I am so freaked out about this.

Any one here have crowns ?
I want to hear some experiences .....

Before-after pictures on internet look great but is it lasting ?

thank you for your support in my time of crisis
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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My dentist recommended crowns for my front two teeth because they are weak from enamel loss
I am so freaked out about this.

Any one here have crowns ?
I want to hear some experiences .....

Before-after pictures on internet look great but is it lasting ?

thank you for your support in my time of crisis
Dental crowns today are pretty much set and forget if done by a good dentist.

I have a mouth full of crowns with many in gold. Most crowns are porcelain over a gold base to make a person look "normal" by hiding the crown.

Now don't be alarmed by what I say next......
I have mat finished white gold crowns on all my upper front teeth. I choose gold for the front for one reason (now remember I'm a guy) durability. A gold crown will last a lifetime whereas the porcelain over gold will not since ,at some point, the porcelain will crack or break costing you for new crowns.

So if having lifetime crowns are what you want then there is but one choice.....solid yellow or white gold. If looks matter most to you then porcelain over gold is your only choice.

There is one other point the dentist won't tell you.....
To crown a tooth with gold much, much less of your tooth has to be ground away so you will always have a stronger tooth with pure gold. But some folks just can't deal with gold in the front.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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I have two crowns, both porcelain. One cracked a few months after it was put in, but my dentist has not made any mention of replacing it lately. The other crown was just put in about 2 months ago.

Crowns are hella expensive. I paid $600 each and that was after insurance.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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My porcelain-front crowns have not cracked or chipped more than 15 yrs after they were put in.

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Old 03-23-2011, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I have two crowns, both porcelain. One cracked a few months after it was put in, but my dentist has not made any mention of replacing it lately. The other crown was just put in about 2 months ago.

Crowns are hella expensive. I paid $600 each and that was after insurance.
For most dentist that is no price difference between pure gold and porcelain/gold.

That means it's possible to replace a porcelain crown with pure gold crown and forget it for the rest of your life.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:20 AM
 
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A fully ceramic/porcelain front tooth will *appear* the best, cosmetically. Yes, it is more prone to chipping. But the vast majority of people don't spend much time getting their front teeth smacked with things, and they don't chew with their front teeth, so there's very little chance of chipping anyway.

They will stay on just as long as any other tooth, because it's the cement that determines how long they stay on. Also, if you're using pure ceramic or porcelain, there is -much less- tooth that the doctor needs to grind down before setting the cap (front tooth crowns are commonly called caps, which are not to be confused with veneers).

It's possible to get a pure gold crown that is pretty much guaranteed to NOT look like a natural tooth, and stand out like a sore thumb next to your other teeth when you smile. It's great if you're into the whole gangsta thug or trailer-trash look. If you're trying to look like a normal person though, I'd stick with porcelain/ceramic, OR porcelain over metal. The metal used beneath them is NOT typically pure gold. It it typically a combination of gold and other metals, such as palladium. In the case of the hybrid, the metal is structured very thin, and the porcelain is fused to the outer surface to form a 2-layer hollow jacket that slips over the front tooth and is cemented in place.

The biggest problem with this is when you have receding gums; the metal can show through at the gum line. Chipping is rare but it -can- happen (if, for instance, someone stabs you in the mouth with an ice pick, or if you slam your face against a brick wall, in which case a tooth is probably your least worry).

The prettiest, most cosmetically pleasing and "appropriate" for front teeth is the all ceramic/porcelain.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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My dentist recommended crowns for my front two teeth because they are weak from enamel loss
I am so freaked out about this.
Any one here have crowns ?
I want to hear some experiences .....
Before-after pictures on internet look great but is it lasting ?
thank you for your support in my time of crisis
There is no "crisis" and there is absolutely no reason to be freaked out. How did you come to these bizarre conclusions? Crowns are totally routine in dental work, no more problematic to undergo than having a filling, except that two visits are required rather than one. During the first visit a temporary crown is placed while the lab makes the permanent crown. A week or so later, when the dentist has received the permanent crown from the lab, you go back and have it placed. The second visit is very short and quick. I am 67 and have numerous crowns, mostly porcelain, and most of which I've had for 10, 20, 30, or 40 years. Not one has ever fractured or broken.
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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Thank you all for your replies.

One more question.

If , god forbid, the crown of the front tooth came out while , say on a vacation, what are the options ?
Go the local dentist as an emergency ?
Put the crown back some how temporarily ?

Anyone have any experiences ?
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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There is no "crisis" and there is absolutely no reason to be freaked out.
At this time in my life ( age 61 ), I'm inclined to agree with you, but that was not always the case for me. Like you, I also have a mouth full of crowns. However, just a few years ago, when a big filling broke off from a back tooth, it freaked me out with the realization that I'd need yet another crown. With the wisdom of hindsight, I can see that the many hours of worry and anxiety was self inflicted suffering, and totally unnecessay. In truth, the anticipation was worse then the actual crown prep work. So even though the old guys like you and I might tell someone that what they are going thru is not a crisis, if they perceive it as such, then it is a crises....for them.
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Thank you all for your replies.

One more question.

If , god forbid, the crown of the front tooth came out while , say on a vacation, what are the options ?
Go the local dentist as an emergency ?
Put the crown back some how temporarily ?

Anyone have any experiences ?
Not to panic.

"IF" ,and that's a huge if, a crown were to come loose then hope you don't swallow it before you can save it. Once saved any dentist can put it back on.

Crowns are not really "glued on" they are "epoxy set" with a special dental epoxy.
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