What is the process of a dental crown?
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is an artificial cap that covers the tooth surface in order to protect it from harm. It usually covers the tooth from all aspects, but in some rare occasions, the crown could cover only a part of the tooth.
Who is a dental crown for?
A dental crown should be placed on any tooth that is in need of protection. We asked our friend, Dr. Farhat, a dentist in Sterling Heights, MI, to explain who he thinks is ideal for a dental crown. He said that the most common situation that a patient would need a crown is if he\she just received a root canal to that tooth, making it vulnerable and weak where any bite on a hard object could split the tooth in half. Another very common situation is if the patient has a cracked tooth, and feels pain on biting and chewing, so the tooth would need to be covered not only to guard from the pain, but to prevent the crack from getting bigger and eventually breaking the tooth.
How is a dental crown made?
Most people would think that getting a crown is a difficult procedure, but truly it isn’t. So here are the steps by which you get a dental crown from your dentist in Greeley, CO:
Your dentist, Dr. Taher Dhoon, would start off by giving you a numbing solution to make sure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure.
He would then take a replica or mold of your teeth so that he could make a temporary crown in the likeness of your original tooth, as well as a few x-rays to make sure that your bone and gums are healthy enough to receive the crown.
Then starts the preparation phase, where your Greeley CO dentist would begin to file or shave off a very small part of your tooth from all sides, usually 1.5-2 mm according to the type of crown you want using a dental turbine.
After the preparation is done, he would take another mold of your teeth using what is called impression material (made of a material similar to silicone) to capture the shape of the tooth after preparation, as well as a mold of the opposite arch and registration of the way your jaws bite together (that could be made in a variety of ways, the simplest of which is by using wax), and send all these to the laboratory.
Finally, Dr. Dhoon would use a guide to take the exact shade and color of your teeth, so that the crown made would be compatible with the teeth surrounding it.
The dental laboratory would use this mold to make the crown out of wax, and through a complicated process turn this wax into metal, and produce the crown. Some dental offices offer same day crowns in which they will manufacture the crown in their office. Zirconium and porcelain crowns are made in a different manner where they are milled from large blocks according to the shape of the prepared tooth.
After completion, the lab would send the crown back to Dr. Dhoon, who then cements the crown over the prepared tooth using a dental cement (usually made of a glass ionomer material, but could differ according to the type of crown)
It would take about a week for you to acclaim yourself to the newly placed crown, after that it will feel as natural as your remaining teeth.