May 08, 2015
Over time it is possible that you might need to get a crown on your tooth. This can be caused from decay or trauma. There are some things that you need to know at this point. Here are the steps that you can expect when you get a crown. Most dentists either general or cosmetic do crowns. Your mouth is made up of Anterior or front teeth and Posterior or back teeth, such as molars. When getting crowns know that because of the stresses of chewing back molars will need extra strength. They usually require a PFM crown. This means porcelain fused to metal so that when you bite down the crown does not break. Front teeth or anterior teeth can use solid porcelain crowns or Cerec ones. Cerec is a type made by a special machine in the dentists office. Lasers cut it to the exact shape and size needed. Pure porcelain is used for front teeth because it looks more like the natural translucency of the original tooth.
On your first visit for your crown there will be an exam and x-rays. This is done for a number of reasons one of which is to spot any decay. After this impressions will be made so that a stone model can be poured. This is usually done if a traditional crown is being created. AppleDay Dental will send this out to a laboratory so that a porcelain fused to metal crown can be created.
If a Cerec crown is made then a different procedure is done. A laser is used to measure the correct size and an intra-oral camera is used to give details. These details are entered into the machine and lasers there begin by spinning a small block of pure porcelain. It only takes a moment to cut a beautiful new porcelain crown. When this is done it is tried on the patient for fit. The marginal edges of the crown must match exadtly so that there is no water seepage that will be able to get underneath the crown.
Most crowns produced are beautiful porcelain and last for many years. With good care they can last a lifetime. Sometimes only a partial crown is needed, our doctors will recommend the best option for you. The newest Cerec crowns offer a more natural looking tooth when finished in only one dental visit. This helps to give you back your beautiful smile.