Dental crowns have been around for a long time, and are often used to restore smiles. At Koch Aeshtetic Dentistry in Birmingham, we place crowns almost every single day.
Ancient dentists used ivory, bone, and seashells to make crowns for teeth. Evidence of gold crowns dates from 200 A.D. Porcelain crowns appeared in the 1800s. With the advancement of metal casting methods in the 1900s, crown technology took a big leap forward.
A dental crown procedure consists of numerous steps:
We anesthetize the tooth to be crowned and then prepare it. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped.
Creating a Good Impression
A putty-like substance is used to make an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. An impression will also be made of the teeth that oppose the crown. This ensures that the crown does not negatively affect the bite.
The Temporary Crown
A temporary crown is used to safeguard the tooth and make sure it doesn’t move while the permanent crown is being made. Patients need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods. Be aware that the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold.
Choosing a Color
If the new crown will be created with porcelain, we will use a shade guide to select a shade for the restoration. Most people don’t have teeth that are exactly the same color. You will need to establish the best shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.
Your Crown Is Put In Place
When the new crown is ready, we place it in your mouth and make any required adjustment to achieve an optimal fit. This process shouldn’t be rushed. Sometimes less than a millimeter of drilling can make the difference between an ill-fitting crown that makes irregular contact with the opposing teeth and a crown that is accurately fitted.
Dental crowns are just one of the services available at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birminghmam. We also offer dental implants, and unique services like headache relief. Call for an appointment today.
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