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Behind The Scenes: Dental Crown Fabrication

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Today’s post looks at the complex process required to manufacture a dental crown. Dental crowns can be constructed with metal, ceramic (porcelain), plastics, or varying combinations of these. We will describe the process used to create a porcelain crown, though the steps are similar to those used for other materials.

Modern porcelain crowns are a technological and artistic marvel that make successful reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry possible. This picture shows three crowns attached to two implant posts. While the most advanced Florida dental lab techs and experienced ceramists can’t make a tooth as strong as Mother Nature can, they are getting pretty darn close.

As far as beauty goes, today’s high-quality crowns are just as pleasing and natural looking as real life teeth. (A crown that looks like a white Chiclet and sticks out like a sore thumb is not a high-quality crown from Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS.)

When one of our Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS patients needs a crown, a dental assistant makes an impression of all the teeth. The impression is sent to a laboratory where the plaster teeth are separated. The individual tooth mold in need of restoration is scanned into a computer to have the exact dimensions to send to the factory.

The state-of-the-art factory has a computerized machine that will then pour plaster into cylindrical molds, creating blanks. Once hardened, the process of making the tooth from the plaster blanks begins.

The machine then takes the scanned data from the impression and begins carving out the contours found in the scan. The finished tooth is not to scale, being 20% to 30% larger than needed. This enlargement is to allow for material shrinkage that will later occur.

The machine then dips the plastered tooth into liquid ceramic. The ceramic hardens and gives the tooth a gleaming, natural finish that is indistinguishable from a genuine tooth. The machine then starts a new process of orienting the tooth with others. This time, ceramic powder is poured into new molds over the plaster tooth. The molds are put on a rod and then plunged into a water-filled chamber. Once the chamber lid is closed, water pressure increases, solidifying each ceramic tooth.

The restoration is then chiseled to perfectly match the plastered tooth that is inside. This tooth becomes the ceramic shell of the crown and is easily lifted off the plastered tooth.

This shell, or coping, will then be exposed to a high temperature for increased stability. It also shrinks to the proper size when exposed to the high temperature. Once finished, a plastic replica of the original tooth is created from the computer scan. The new shell is then tested for precise fitting over the tooth.

The shell then leaves the factory for the lab, where layers of colored porcelain are painted on it. A skilled ceramist – an artist in every sense of the word – may apply up to 15 layers of porcelain to perfectly match the variations in the surrounding teeth. This labor-intensive process accounts for much of the cost of a high-quality crown.

The crown is then fired to making the porcelain more condensed throughout. More hand contouring follows, as required, and then is finished with a clear, ceramic gloss.

All of this work results in a fantastic crown for one of our patients!

If you have a broken tooth or old, unattractive crown, or want specifics about smile makeovers to get a beautiful smile for yourself, call 813-413-7518 to discuss the possibilities.

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Saving Teeth in Valrico

Saving Teeth With Dental Crowns in Valrico When a tooth is threatened by severe decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled Valrico dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is often the only way to save the tooth.

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During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build up and dental crown.

At Five Star Dental Care, we fabricate strong, natural-looking crowns that blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to a Valrico dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function problem-free for the rest of a patient’s life.

I am Dr. Jeff Bynum DDS of Five Star Dental Care. I have been practicing cosmetic dentistry since 1996. During that time I have seen hundreds of teeth saved by this effective dental procedure. Root canal therapy at Five Star Dental Care in Valrico has a very high success rate.

Because teeth with infected pulp tissue often cause no symptoms, it is important to have regular dental examinations. I can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots. If the infection in the soft pulp tissue is left untreated, it can progress to a point where the tooth cannot be saved. Is it time for a thorough dental exam? Call our office at 813-653-2273.

Call Five Star Dental Care immediately if one of your teeth is screaming for attention!

Dental Crowns at Five Star Dental Care in Valrico

Dental Crowns Valrico Dental crowns have been used in dentistry for over 2000 years. There is evidence that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. By 200 A.D., they began using gold crowns to construct artificial teeth. Ancient Egyptians fashioned tooth replacements out of seashells and then hammered them into their gums (Oral sedation, anyone?).

Porcelain crowns were first used in the 1800s. With the refining of metal casting methods in the 1900s, cosmetic dentistry advanced significantly.

Today, crowns are strong, comfortable and are made to match your surrounding teeth.

Dental crowns (also called caps) cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury. Crowns are also used to restore the original shape of a tooth or solely to improve the appearance of a tooth.

The most common types of crowns are:

  • All-porcelain (ceramic)
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Gold

The material used is determined by several factors. If you suspect you need a crown, want to replace an old crown, or want to learn about other cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures, call Dr. Jeff Bynum at 813-653-2273. Five Star Dental Care is located at 3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd in Valrico. We have been serving clients in the Valrico area since 1996. We can recommend the best tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry option for you.

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