Most people have heard of a dental crown, but very few understand what actually happens.
Years ago dental crowns took 2 or 3 visits to the dentist, the crown itself was made by an external lab which took a couple of weeks and in the meanwhile you had on a temporary crown that looked like you had a tic-tac attached to your tooth.
Things have definitely changed for the better and the results can be life changing for some people.
Lets have a look at what happens when we make a crown for your tooth.
What happens to your tooth?
The first thing that happens is that your tooth is prepared for the crown going on. The outer surface of the tooth is removed to allow a crown of the same thickness to fit on your tooth.
How do we make a Dental Crown?
We take 3D images of the prepared tooth. These 3D images allow me to use virtual reality software to design your new crown which will be a better version of your old tooth. When designing your new tooth we can make improvements to your smile if appropriate or we can make a tooth just like your old one. We then use the information from this new tooth design to mill a tooth in approx 15 minutes. We use a CEREC mill to make your new tooth which takes a block of ceramic and then cuts out a crown to exactly fit your prepared tooth.
This video shows a dental bridge being made which is a little larger (3 teeth) but is the same process and the same mill.
The dental crown is then cemented in place on your tooth
How do you look after a Dental Crown?
A Dental Crown should be looked after just like your other teeth. Brushed twice a day and flossed daily. This will keep your crown looking at it's best and also protect the tooth underneath from future decay.