Anyone have crowns/caps on front teeth?

If you have crowns on your front teeth, did you have to get a root canal first? And if you have the crowns (w/ or w/out the root canal), can you feel anything under the crowns? Do you have any sensation in those teeth? Or does your mouth feel like you just don't have any front teeth? Is it just one big multi-tooth crown or separate crowns? And do you floss between your gums and the crown?

Thanks
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

you said the word crown like 50 times! haha...so, i have veneers on my two front teeth. i suppose they are similar to crowns. i was missing a huge part of both front teeth b/c they had totally worn out from either eating acidic stuff or from drinking coke all day everyday. once he was done with it i HATED it...i dont know why but i thought my teeth looked awful. i cried on the ride home i hated them so much. i now realize i just felt weird with my new teeth since i had the messed up teeth for years and years. i now love how they look...very natural.

right after i got the veneers i felt them all the time...they just felt so weird and everpresent. i thought that odd feeling would never go away. after about a week they finally felt comfortable with the rest of my mouth...i no longer noticed them. the teeth have minimal feeling...like the rest of my teeth. i mean i can still feel them b/c they are attached to my gums. they really do feel like my regular teeth. i just am very careful when it comes to biting hard stuff. i dont use them to tear away at stiff/hard foods...i use a knife and fork.

and yes, definitely floss. food particles may not decay the teeth since they are fake but you certainly dont wanna walk around with food in your front teeth where everyone can notice. it will also keep the gums healthy to floss.

oh, and about the "multi-tooth crown"....i am not sure what you mean. i doubt that they would do that. it would look messed up. they did my veneers separately and individually layering and layering the material. it took FOREVER!...so they let me watch Finding Nemo on a headset type thing while they did their work.
Bump.

I'm still trying to decide among bonding, veneers and crowns to address an enamel wear/exposed nerve problem.

Share your experiences, if applicable.
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

My front teeth are crowned and the teeth have NOT had a root canal. I fell and broke them when I was about 10. Right after my permanent teeth had come in. (my mother loved me for it..LOL!) At that time, the dentist repaired them with bonding.

Over the years, the bonding broke off several times on one of the teeth..taking more tooth with it. Finally when I was about 30 or so I had them crowned. I am now 45 and the crowns are still holding up.

My teeth feel the same as the other teeth. I also have a molar that does have a root canal and a crown. It also feels the same as my other teeth.

Jodi
So far just experimenting with anything and everything!!!!
My front teeth are crowned and the teeth have NOT had a root canal. I fell and broke them when I was about 10. Right after my permanent teeth had come in. (my mother loved me for it..LOL!) At that time, the dentist repaired them with bonding.

Over the years, the bonding broke off several times on one of the teeth..taking more tooth with it. Finally when I was about 30 or so I had them crowned. I am now 45 and the crowns are still holding up.

My teeth feel the same as the other teeth. I also have a molar that does have a root canal and a crown. It also feels the same as my other teeth.

Jodi
Originally Posted by JodiRae
15 years w/ no problems? Great. Do they look good?
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

My story is similar to JodiRae's. I flipped off my bike when I was 8 and broke my 2 front teeth in half. I had plastic bonds put on and they sucked. I think I had three replacements with them, but it was too soon to go with crowns because my mouth was still growing. I had a double root canal (both teeth one at the same time) when I was 11. When I was 14ish I got the crowns and have had the same ones since (12 years). I don't notice my front teeth feeling any different than my other teeth, but then again I don't notice how my teeth feel unless I have a toothache.

I recommend crowns. They hold up well.
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Yes, I think the crowns look good. They make them to match the color of your other teeth. My teeth aren't white-white which is fine. My actual front teeth used to have a gap, but the crowns were made to close that so now I don't have a gap.

At first I thought they were too big, but I think that was just becasue they made them so I no longer have a gap.

I know someday they will need to be replaced and there is always the risk I will need a root canal someday. I actually have 7 crowns in my mouth and up until last summer no root canal. But, one of the crowned molars went bad last summer and I had my first root canal. I assumed I would have to have a new crown done, but they just drilled through the existing crown...did the root canal and then filled in the hole. No need for a new crown. That was good...crowns are expensive.

By the way, it wasn't a bike that broke my teeth when I was a child. I was walking on the to bars of a merry-go-round and fell...right on my teeth on the bars. Not one of my smarter moments.

Jodi
So far just experimenting with anything and everything!!!!
My sister has crowns (no root canals) on her two front teeth and they look awesome. She chipped her teeth when she was a kid and got her first set of crowns way back when. They looked fine but sort of dated after 25 years or so. She had them replaced a couple years ago and now they look perfectly natural and real. Better than real, actually. Bonding and veneers look real too but from what I've heard they don't last as long. The crowns were covered, at least in part, by insurance.
Hey. Crowns/ caps are pretty much procelain teeth caps that go over your tooth. now, you can put a cap on ur regular tooth without it looking funny! so they just shave down the tooth so they are able to cap it. a good dentist will do a good job and you will have virtually no problem. a bad dentist could result in your tooth coming loose and having to go back so they can re-attached. they also match the teeth with ur other teeth so they look natural.

veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are placed of the teeth to correct anything like chipping or uneven looking teeth. these are more expensive and not generally convered by insurance since it is considered a cosmetic procedures. veneers can you give you that nice pearly movie star smile (although, veneers is old news. its all about lumineers)

Bonding is so old school in regards to all the newer dental procedures... i've only once in my life seen a doctor perform a bonding on a tooth that had a little portion of a dead root, so the tooth seemed discolored. it looked really natural by the time the doc was done. i believe some insurances would also cover bonding, but im not sure. im not good with the ins. side of the business.

Another thing people are doing, which i personally would NOT recommend is dental implants. having dental implants when you are missing a tooth is a no brainer. but taking out perfectly rooted teeth so you can get implants because you dont like how ur teeth look is pretty crazy. dental implant are the most permanent solution to a missing tooth. the doctor will insert the implant (a titanium screw looking thing... literally), which would serve as the root, insert a post or abutement (which is like the little octagon shaped metal that attaches screws, literally looks just like that) and then the crown. very permanent, very sturdy. insurances dont cover implants- for the most part, but can cover the post and or crown.

a thing you should know about porcelain. porcelain is the best substitute for a tooth as far as looking like a real tooth, feeling like a real tooth, and strong like a real tooth. however, porcelain is not a real tooth. so in the future, if you want to get teeth whitening done, the porcelain teeth will now brighten. only natural teeth can take this process. in this case, you would have to replace the porcelain if you really want all your teeth to match.

hope this helps! my moms a dental assistant and i was pretty much born and raised in a dental office. i also did their marketing for the cosmetic part the business. i had to answer these kinds of questions ALL DAY LONG.
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My brother has caps on his two front teeth from a childhood bicycle accident right after his teeth came in (he was 5). They did some temporary fix until he was older and could handle more dentistry.

He's had the same crown since age 10 or so and he's about to turn 30. He's never had any issue with them. They look real because I don't think anyone knows unless he tells them. I forget about it myself!
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Bonding and veneers look real too but from what I've heard they don't last as long.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
Bonding doesn't last and it can yellow and chip.

Crowns and veneers can both last about 10-15 years and don't become discolored.
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