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Is there a crown in your future? February 15, 2013

Filed under: Dentistry — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 11:09 am

It is possible, depending on a couple of criteria.  Usually a crown is called for if:

[Y]our tooth has a very large filling that exceeds the natural tooth structure, your tooth had root canal therapy, a combination of root canal therapy and a large filling, or cosmetic reasons.

If that’s you, here’s what you can expect first:

Your dentist will take alginate impressions of both your upper and lower dental arches. These impressions will be poured in stone to create a stone model of your teeth. The models will be sent to the dental laboratory for use when making your crown.

The color shade of your teeth will also be determined so the crown will match.

The tooth also has to be prepared to receive the crown:

Preparing the tooth for a dental crown involves removing very precise amounts of tooth and filling material from the tooth that requires the crown.

Once the tooth is prepared, it is very important to take another impression of the prepared tooth for the dental lab:

Accurate impressions of your prepared tooth are an essential part of the dental crown procedure. Even the tiniest flaw in the impression can result in a ill-fitting crown.

At the same time, a temporary crown will be prepared and placed on your tooth until it is time to fit the permanent crown.

Once your permanent crown is ready, it has to be fitted to your prepared tooth:

Even though the dental laboratory made your dental crown to exact specification, set out by your dentist, there will be small adjustments hat need to be made to ensure your new crown functions as it should.

Once adjustments have been made and the fit is right, the crown will be permanently cemented into place and act as your regular tooth did.

We hope this helps you understand the process of getting a crown and why your dentist may recommend one.  If you have any questions, please give us a call and we’d be happy to discuss any questions about crowns you might have with you.

Mall of Georgia Dentistry

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