A dental crown is one of the most common procedures to restore teeth. There are reasons that a dentist may advise a dental crown, ranging from aesthetic reasons to medical ones. Crowns are made from either porcelain or metal or a combination of the two. Porcelain is the most popular material as it closely resembles the natural color of teeth and is extremely durable. Their durability and strength are paramount as the crown must withstand the daily rigors of chewing and biting.
Our dentist at My Family Dental clinic will conduct a dental examination to know whether or not you are a good candidate for a dental crown procedure.
Dental Crown Procedure: Step by Step Guide
Evaluating the situation to find the right solution
The primary step that is followed by the dentist is to examine your problem thoroughly. You will need to undergo a series of X-Rays to check the root and bone of the tooth. If decay is found, or there is a risk of infection, a root canal may be required first.
Custom-made Tooth Preparation
Once they are aware of the existing situation, your dentist will get started on fixing the issue. Your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area. They will also note the color, carefully matching it to the exact shade of your own natural teeth for a flawless dental crown. Next, the tooth will be reduced to make room for the crown. At My Family Dental, we always try to preserve tooth structure and remove as little natural tooth structure as possible. If too much of the tooth is missing due to damage or decay, then a filling material can be used to build up enough tooth structure for the crown to cover.
Scanning the Prepared Tooth OR Taking Impression
As the crown is fabricated in the lab, there are two ways to send the required information to the lab.
- Once your tooth is prepared, the dentist may use the intraoral scanner to scan the affected area. Now the lab technicians have two 3-D scans of your bite and your teeth – one before any changes were made and one after a professional dentist has prepared the area for a dental crown. The two 3-D pictures will be compared and used by the technicians to design your final dental crown so that restoration emulates the original contours of your natural tooth.
- The other technique uses a putty-like material to make an impression of the tooth being treated. Impressions of the upper and lower teeth are taken to ensure the lab made a crown that will fit your bite. This impression is sent to the lab
The lab usually takes 1-2 weeks to fabricate the permanent crown. Meanwhile, the dentist places a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the permanent one is ready for placement.
Placing the Dental Crown
On the next visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown. Then the permanent crown is placed on the tooth. Before cementing the crown permanently dentist inspects the crown for color, fit, and bite. If everything is acceptable the crown is permanently cemented.
These are some points covered in the procedure and used by a skilled dentist to install a successful dental crown. If you have any questions related to a dental crown procedure, root canal treatment, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign Treatment Edmonton, and anything else related to dentistry, book your appointment at https://www.myfamilydentalclinic.ca. We can walk you through our process to ease any concerns you might have and help you achieve optimum oral and overall health.
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