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How are Dental Crowns Made?
Dental crowns are the tooth-shaped caps that go over a tooth (or teeth) that have been severely damaged due to cavities, erosion or decay. Dental crowns may be necessary for things like chipped or cracked teeth too. While getting a dental crown placed is actually a very easy procedure, the process beforehand can be lengthy and often confusing.
Knowing how dental crowns are made will surely help anyone that needs one to have a better understanding of the entire process. While dental crowns are very common, each one is actually specifically made for the tooth that it will be going over. It’s a pretty personable procedure because the crown that a person receives will only fit their tooth!
Today, we will go over how dental crowns are made, the process that it undergoes, and why it’s important!
How dental crowns are made
Dental crowns undergo their own procedure just to be made for the patient’s procedure. An outline of how these crowns are made is below:
When a person goes into the dentist for their dental crown consultation, a dentist will determine whether or not a dental crown is suitable for the person’s current damaged tooth. He or she will also examine the tooth closely and go over any other concerns that the person might have.
This first appointment will usually consist of the dentist also taking impressions of the current tooth to ensure that the size of the dental crown will fit perfectly. Typically, this step is done very carefully and precisely to ensure that the mold is an exact match to the existing tooth.
The dentist will send the molded impression off to the dental lab where a dental crown will be created specifically for the tooth in need. The lab will ensure that the mold doesn’t have any issues in it and they will also carefully examine it to ensure that the surrounding teeth won’t be affected.
A person can choose either a metal crown or a porcelain one. Whether the person chooses to have a metal or porcelain-based crown will determine the next steps that the lab technician will take. He or she will use whichever the preferred material is and fill the impression to create the dental crown.
The dental crown usually takes two to three weeks to be made before it can be sent back to the dentist’s office. Once the crown has been completed, the patient will return to the dentist’s office for the placement of their dental crown.
A dental crown procedure is a relatively easy one that doesn’t entail a lot on the patient’s end. The dentist and the lab technician both have to be very precise with their work as it will greatly affect how well the dental crown fits on the patient's tooth. If they are careful enough then the dental crown will turn out to be a perfect fit for the patient.
If you still have questions about how dental crowns are made and what they can do for a patient then give us a call today! We’re happy to help in any way that we can.
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