How Are Crowns Made?

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Dental crowns are a common treatment many of our patients need at one time or another. Crowns are an excellent way to improve the structure and the look of a tooth while protecting the delicate root beneath.

Aside from necessitating multiple visits for treatment, the thing our patients say is the biggest drawback about getting crowns is the time spent waiting on the new crown to arrive from the dental lab so the temporary crown can go.

This is why our cosmetic dentist is pleased to offer one visit crowns. These crowns are every bit as well made and aesthetically pleasing as the crowns made in the offsite dental lab. However, because of advances in Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), you only need a single office visit.

The same day crowns made in our office, allow our dentist to cultivate perfection in one visit. A machine designs the crown based on schematics received from the scans our dentist takes of the tooth that needs repair. After completing the design, a milling machine uses the information to carve your crown from a single piece of porcelain.

The procedure for getting a crown made on the same day is not much different than the traditional method of getting a crown.
You start out with an examination and general health questions. The process for one visit crowns is quite straightforward.

• Anesthetize the area around the tooth
• Carefully clear away any decaying tissue
• Re-shape the remainder of the healthy tooth, so the crown fits
• Use a special device to create a digital impression of your tooth. This will be the basis for the crown design
• Send the information to our in-house lab technician who creates your crown from a single block of porcelain
• Test the fit of the crown and make any necessary adjustments
• Secure your new crown in place
• Smooth and polish your crown

Patients love having their crown complete in a single office visit. If you would like more information about our same day dentistry, please call our office.

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Steps in Getting a Porcelain Dental Crown

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Dental crowns are one of the most common cosmetic and restorative treatments needed today. They have several uses, specifically to cover aesthetically displeasing teeth and when severe decay has developed. Our cosmetic dentist in Orange County uses porcelain crowns in most cases.

There are three main steps in getting porcelain crowns:

1. Prep
It is necessary for our dentist to numb the area beforehand. Once it is numb, the tooth will be shaped in order to support the restoration. This means that a thin layer of enamel and any diseased tissue is removed.
2. Design
Images and impressions are taken of the affected tooth, which are then sent to a milling machine. Thanks to modern technology, these machines are able to create precise restorations that fit perfectly into the teeth. A temporary crown can be placed until the permanent one is ready.
3. Placement
Your new crown can be place easily and comfortably on your tooth. A special dental cement is used to ensure it remains in place.

Our dentist will provide instructions for keeping your new crown strong, and the tooth underneath healthy. It should be cleaned twice a day just as carefully as your natural teeth. You will also need to return for check-ups and cleanings at least once every six months.