I just found out I need a crown on my cuspid. I’m kind of excited about it. I’m a huge Goth fan and have always wanted vampire teeth, so I’m thinking about getting both cuspids crowned. My dentist uses a CEREC machine. Will that be able to give me vampire teeth?
Abby S. – Branson, MO
There’s another Abby who’s a Goth fan, but she’s a fictional character on NCIS. If you haven’t seen that particular program, I bet you’d enjoy that character. In regards to your request, there are a few things to consider here. First, just in answering your question, yes, CEREC crowns could shape you pointy cuspids. However, that doesn’t mean your dentist will be willing to do it.
Every year, generally around Halloween, dentists get requests for vampire teeth. Most patients are satisfied with some temporary teeth. Every once in a while we get someone who wants them permanent. Dentists are hesitant to do that because they don’t want to be responsible for damage done to another person as a result of their cosmetic work.
Discuss it with your dentist. He or she may be willing or they may only be willing to give you temporary vampire teeth that are easily removable. This way you can use them in appropriate situations like a party or CON, but it won’t interfere with your everyday life. In fact, you might find it difficult to obtain employment with vampire teeth, which is something to consider.
Finally, I’d like you to think about the drawback of putting a crown put on a healthy tooth. Dental crowns, whether they’re CEREC or otherwise, require a large amount of tooth structure to be ground down. Your tooth essentially is reduced to a nub. I wouldn’t recommend doing this to a healthy tooth. If your dentist agrees to permanent vampire teeth, then I’d suggest getting the healthy tooth reshaped using porcelain veneers instead of crowns. You can get the appearance you want with minimal disruption to healthy tooth structure.
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