Teeth are often restored using silver or porcelain fillings, but when a large portion of the tooth must be removed for a filling, dental crowns, sometimes called “caps” may also be needed. A dental crown replaces the outermost layer of the tooth, reconstructing the tooth natural shape and size. This covering is permanent bonded over the existing tooth, restoring the appearance and function of the natural tooth. A crown can be also used to:
- Attach bridges
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or restore fractured teeth
- Cover badly shaped or discolored teeth
- Cover dental implants
Crowns generally require at least two office visits for fitting. Let’s discuss the overall process so you know what to expect once you arrive at Biltmore Commons Dental Care.
Before creating your dental crown, we’ll need to numb your gums and teeth surrounding the repair. If you’ve had root canal treatment, its unnecessary to give you an anesthetic.
All crowns need to attain a certain measure of thickness in order to provide initial strength and a realistic translucency for porcelain crowns. During this process, your tooth must be trimmed by about 1/6 of an inch as this is the minimal thickness typically allowed. When we perform this procedure of trimming, we need to remove decay or any other part of the tooth that dint sound. In order to obtain comfort and normality inside of your mouth, the tooth needs to be trimmed to a specific shape. In order to fit the crown, your damaged tooth needs to be tapered slightly in order for the dental crown to tightly fit with ease.
The stability of the dental crown is formed by the shape of the tooth and then secured by dental cement. The trimmed tooth will need to possess vertical thickness in order to solidify a strong fix. Sometimes, we recommend building upon your damaged tooth to ensure we provide longevity. By using filling, we’re able to construct an improved foundation before installing the dental crown in Phoenix.
Once we complete the shaping process, we’ll need to make an impression of your mouth. We can do this in two different ways:
Convention dental impressions are typical and we use putty or paste residue that dries in the form of your mouth. We send the impression to a dental laboratory and they create a plaster cast that aids us in implementing your new dental crown. There shouldn’t be an extensive adjustment period. This process takes 1-2 weeks.
Optical dental impressions are created using a CAD/CAM milling machine. By using photography, optical impressions of your mouth are created. By using imagery, a specialist has the ability to design the shape of your new dental crown. Porcelain is ground in about 30 minutes which allows your implementation process to be completed in one visit.
If you decide to use a formed impression, you have a few options while you wait for the lab to construct your crown. Temporary dental crowns are available and encouraged during the duration of this process. Alongside avoiding further dental concerns, this option can be installed and removed quickly and painlessly.
The last step of the manufacturing process includes selecting the shade of the porcelain surface. We don’t rush this step as it’s important the new dental crown matches the remainder of your mouth. We use a tooth color guide that enables us to visually select the right color match. We don’t oder the cast until we’re satisfied with the color choice.
If you’re partaking in the conventional method, you’ll need to schedule your second appointment for installation. Once you return, we’ll remove any temporary fixes and then numb the area based on tolerance. The evaluation process regarding the appearance and fit of your new dental crown can be extensive as your satisfaction is important to us. Once we’re content with the fit, we’ll go over a few precautionary measures and send you on your way!