I'm scheduled to have a root canal tomorrow, I asked the dentist if I could have a dental crown on both teeth, but she refused and said that it's better if we just leave it alone. I opted to have dental crowns so my teeth will look better since they are crooked. I just want to smile or laugh without worrying what people would think when they see my teeth. I'm tired of covering my mouth and preventing to smile too much because of it. please advice. what should I tell my dentist?
Issue with Two Front Teeth, Help?
Doctor Answers (9)
Fixing crooked front teeth
The best would be to ask your dentist why she thinks that you should leave your front teeth alone when you asked her what can be done to change them. She may be concerned about having to reduce a fair amount of healthy tooth structure when you prepare a crown. Have you discussed veneers or orthodontics (expansion with Invisalign)? There are more options than only crowns which your dentist should e able to discuss with you.
Two Front Teeth
If the teeth are heavily restored, I would suggest posts and crowns. If they are not, then veneers would be the best option. If your dentist doesn't want to do it, find someone else.
I wants crowns of my front teeth?
Be honest I am not sure why a dentist would refuse to place crowns however I am sure they have a good reason be honest and understand he or she may have a good reason... Good Luck
Kevin Coughlin DMD, MBA, MAGD CEO Baystate Dental PC
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Crooked front teeth
I can't address the root canal question without more information, but you look like a good candidate for what we call instant orthodontics. An experienced dentist can make those teeth look straight with aggressive veneers.
Dr. Sue Wendling
Two Crooked Front Teeth
From your photos I do not see a reason for a root canal unless there is an issue with the nerve. If you want those to look straighter, well done veneers or crowns can accomplish your goal. Your next tooth over (lateral incisors) look like they set back a little bit. If you are going for perfection doing a no prep veneer on those two teeth to bring them out in alignment would give you a fabulous result.
Best solution for you is to straighten those teeth with Invisalign. It would also be less expensive than getting 2 crowns on those teeth and a lot less invasive.
Root canal / enhanced smile
I commend you on your desire to finally do something about your smile. Being able to smile comfortably, naturally, and fully is one of our best assets and an important factor to your well being.
The good news here is that there are a number of options to give you the smile you seek. Were root canals needed anyways? Or did the dentist recommend root canals to support the crowns that will be placed so that the teeth will appear to be in alignment? Was orthodontic treatment discussed as an option?
If your dentist simply refused to place a crown on your teeth, did not tell you why, and did not offer at least one or two recommendations to help you take care of your smile, you may wish to see another dentist who does a considerable amount of cosmetic dentistry.
There are many ways to improve cosmetics.
It looks like you are a excellent candidate for minor othodontics or invisalign or epigenetic orthodontics. It is also possible to do ceramic veneers or 3/4 crowns on the front teeth for "instant" results. Once a tooth has been restored you may neeed future work to maintain it. Not sure why you need root canal from photo.
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