Think about how many times per day you rely on your teeth. You use them to chew breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. You press your tongue against them to make certain sounds when you speak. There's really no doubt about it — your teeth are important, and they deserve your respect. You can pay them that respect by visiting your dentist for regular cleaning and checkup appointments. You should also call at the first sign of dental pain, tooth discoloration, or other oral health changes. Read more about dentists and dentistry here on this blog, where we dive deep into related topics.
Has your dentist told you that you need a same-day dental crown? Are you are a bit nervous since you do not know what is involved? Here is what you need to know about the dental crown process.
The Dentist Takes Scans Or Impressions
Your dentist is going to start the process by taking a scan or impression of your mouth. This is done to ensure that they know the exact size of the place where the dental crown will go since the crown itself needs to be made with special equipment. Accuracy is crucial, and scanning equipment allows your dentist to make a detailed 3D scan of the inside of your mouth.
If your dentist doesn't use a 3D scanner, the process will be a bit messier with an impression made of your mouth. You'll actually bite down on a mold so that the placement of all your teeth is left behind in the impression material.
The dentist will then start shaving down the tooth so that it resembles a small stump, which is necessary to make room for the dental crown. A second scan or impression is made of the area so that the crown fabrication lab knows the shape of the stump that the crown will attach to.
The Crown Is Made
Same-day crowns are made with a machine that uses a block of ceramic material. You may even be allowed to watch the machine make the crown. When finished, the crown may need to be stained and glazed prior to putting it in a furnace to harden the material. However, the color of the ceramic block will match the shade guide that was used to compare it to your natural teeth.
The Dentist Installs The Crown
Your dentist will receive the crown from the lab, and then a bit of prep work will be necessary before it can be put directly on that tooth. The crown must be etched, rinsed, and primed immediately before they place it on the tooth. If everything was done properly in the lab, the crown should go right on the tooth and be a perfect fit. The crown will be cured in place by using a special curing light to make sure the bonding material is dry and that the crown will not go anywhere.
Reach out to your dentist if you have more questions about getting a same-day dental crown.Share