Replacing rotting teeth

four of my front teeth are rotting and need to be replaced. i’m missing half of three of them and just a small amount of the forth. do i need dental crowns or veneers?

Benjamin O. from Wisconsin

Benjamin,

Because of the amount of tooth structure that is damaged, I would go with porcelain crowns. They’ll cover your entire tooth, while porcelain veneers really only cover the front of your teeth. Plus your teeth would need to be intact and healthy. It is strictly a cosmetic procedure. With crowns you can take care of the unhealthy teeth while improving the cosmetics of your smile.

Look for a dentist who has some cosmetic expertise, especially because we’re talking about your front teeth. You’ll want to make sure the dentist uses all-porcelain crowns. Don’t let anyone try to talk you into porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. You’ll end up with a dark line at your gumline that will be very unsightly.

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