HOW ARE DENTAL CROWNS MADE



Updated On Saturday, February 23, 2019 02:41:46 AM

Crowns are synthetic caps, typically made from a product like porcelain, put on the top of a tooth.

Crowns are usually used to restore a tooth's function and look following a restorative treatment such as a root canal. When degeneration in a tooth has become so advanced that large parts of the tooth must be removed, crowns are frequently used to restore the tooth.

Crowns are also used to prevent a split tooth from worsening, attach bridges, cover implants, or an existing filling is at risk of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve as a visual use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth has to be restored to its natural look.

Treatments

A tooth should typically be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which makes a custom-made crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied up until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.

Crowns are often mistaken as veneers, but they are fairly different. Veneers are generally applied only to fairly small areas.

Caring For Your Crowns

With correct care, a good quality crown might last as much as eight years or longer. It is crucial to floss in the area of the crown to prevent excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.

Particular behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly reduce the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or perhaps break the crown.





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Same Day Crowns Restorations

CEREC means CERamic REConstruction and is a tool in our office that can take exact digital imagery of locations requiring restoration and produce the appropriate restoration on the spot.

With our CEREC cad/cam machine, you can have your crown or other restoration finished in simply one visit. We will create and custom fit your tooth precisely with our computer milling unit right in the office. You no longer need to have a temporary crown or wait weeks for the laboratory to make your crown.

CEREC can be used for a wide scope of indications: partial crowns, posterior crowns, anterior crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays.


Additional Dental Treatments That May Be Offered

A range of dental treatments are available for our local patients. Our goal is to provide a warm and reassuring environment for your dental experience, whether you are visiting us for the very first time for a dental evaluation and cleaning, or you are returning to finish your cosmetic smile makeover.

The procedures listed below are a sample of what we may offer:

  • Dental Crowns

  • Dental Implants

  • Teeth Whitening

  • Full & Partial Dentures

  • Dental Bonding

  • Temporal-Mandibular Joint Treatments

  • Periodontal Disease

  • Porcelain Veneers

  • Dental Bridges

  • Root Canal Therapy

  • Fillings


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Fillings

Fillings are done to eliminate decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling since new material fills the hole that the decay left. Now days most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated, decay can cause tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need a root canal treatment or extraction.

There are 2 kinds of fillings; amalgam or silver fillings, and composite or white fillings. Composite fillings are tooth-colored to blend in with the remaining natural part of the tooth. Most dentists supply both types of fillings, however find that many of their clients prefer the composite fillings.

The term composite refers to the actual filling material which is a mix of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium.

Composite fillings supply good toughness and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that have to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is eliminated when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may lead to a smaller sized filling than with of an amalgam.

In addition, composites are "bonded", or adhesively connected, to the tooth, often allowing a more conservative repair for the tooth. Composite fillings require that the tooth be kept clean and dry during the whole filling process and they go through stain and staining over time. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend significantly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.

Composite filling material is also typically used to repair front teeth that have chipped or worn. Where possible, esthetic bonding of composite material to front teeth is typically much less expensive than veneers or crowns. However, bonding normally does not last as long as veneers or crowns.


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