Dental crowns have been around for millennia and are still used to restore smiles today. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care in Gibsonton, we place crowns almost every 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 multiple 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 guard the tooth and be sure it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being created. 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 produced with porcelain, you and your dentist 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 ascertain the best shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.
Your Crown Is Put In Place
When the new crown is ready, your dentist places it in your mouth and makes any necessary adjustment to attain a perfect 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 properly fitted.
Your Time Dental Urgent Care is more than just an emergency dentist. We offer a number of great dental services. If your dental needs are urgent but not emergencies, that’s no reason to avoid calling us. We have late and weekend hours specifically so that you CAN call us when you need to.
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