I had to have two dental crowns placed on my front teeth due to an accident quite a few years ago. They’ve always looked a little different than the rest of my teeth, but I was able to get by with them because they were “close enough”. Now, there’s a gray line showing up at the gumline. It is very noticeable and distracting. Is there something wrong with the gum? It’s only over those two teeth.
It sounds like when you received crowns your dentist placed porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. This would explain both them not matching your teeth as well as the gray line. Because they have a metal base, these crowns tend to need to be made more opaque than other crowns. Additionally, after a while, the gum pulls up a bit leading to a dark gray line showing at the gumline.
The problem isn’t with your gums. Instead, it is with the crowns you had placed. There is no way to fix this without replacing them. Even then, if your dentist uses the same crown, you’ll end up with the same problem. However, there is a solution if you switch the type of dental crowns you have.
How to Get Beautiful Porcelain Crowns
What you want to do is replace your metal-based crowns with all-porcelain crowns. These mimic the natural translucency of your teeth by reflecting the natural light which surrounds you. With a good cosmetic dentist, they can be made to match your natural teeth exactly.
Not only that, but you won’t have to worry about having that gray line develop at your gumline. This will never develop.
There are some considerations, though. First, make sure you choose the dentist who does your crowns carefully. Look at before and after pictures of other porcelain crown cases he’s done. Make sure you look at cases on front teeth because they are trickier than other teeth.
A second consideration is the color of your teeth. The color your dentist makes the porcelain crown is permanent. You will want to be certain that you are happy with the current color of your teeth before moving forward. If you aren’t, now is the time to change that.
I usually recommend patients have their teeth whitened before investing in any cosmetic work. This way your crowns can be made to match a color you are proud of. Once the crowns are bonded on, your teeth can be whitened, but the crowns will not be affected by the whitening gel. You’d have to replace them to get them to match your teeth. It is cheaper for you to whiten first.
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