Restorative Dentistry

The Process of Crafting an Elegant Dental Crown

Mar 1 • 2 minute read

A ceramic model of a dental crown and a jawbone.

Restorative dentistry requires a deep appreciation of quality materials and processes. Dental crowns, in particular, go a long way toward restoring both the function and the aesthetic appeal of damaged teeth, and therefore demand attention to detail. A crown must look good, restore a patient’s natural chewing function, and be built to last.

In this post, we’ll give an overview of all the large amount of details that go into making a tiny dental crown. 

  1. Initial Assessment and Preparation: Crafting a dental crown begins with a thorough examination of the patient's oral health. We assesses the extent of damage or decay in the tooth and determine if a crown is necessary. If deemed appropriate, the tooth is prepared by removing any decayed or damaged portions and reshaping it to accommodate the crown.
  2. Impression Taking: Once the tooth is prepared, an impression is taken to capture its dimensions. This step ensures a precise fit of the crown.
  3. Model Fabrication: The impression is used to create a precise replica of the tooth in the form of a dental model. This model serves as a blueprint for the crown. We send our impressions to a lab and technicians meticulously carve the model to replicate the shape, size, and contours of the original tooth.
  4. Material Selection: The choice of material for the crown depends on various factors including the location of the tooth, aesthetic preferences, and the patient's oral health condition. Common materials used for dental crowns include porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, and composite resin. Each material offers unique advantages.
  5. Finishing Touches: Once the crown is fabricated, it undergoes meticulous finishing touches to ensure a flawless appearance and optimal fit. This may involve polishing, adjustments for bite alignment, and customization of color to match the surrounding teeth.
  6. Final Placement: The completed crown is then ready for placement. We ensure proper fit and alignment before bonding the crown securely to the prepared tooth using dental cement. Any final adjustments are made to make sure the crown looks and feels right.
    A lot of care, science, and artistry go into making quality dental crowns. From initial assessment to final placement, every step is carefully executed. With skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail, we transform smiles and restore oral health with confidence.

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If you have damaged or chipped teeth and need a crown, talk to your dentist about all the options available at their practice. 

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