Behind The Scenes: Dental Crown Fabrication

how a dental crown is made Ladera Ranch

Today’s post looks at the complex process required to create 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 California dental lab techs and expert 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 Parker Dentistry.)

When one of our 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 precise dimensions to send to the factory.

The technologically-advanced factory has a computerized machine that will then pour plaster into cylindrical molds, resulting in 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 milling 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 shiny, 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 durability. 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 impenetrable throughout. More hand contouring follows, as needed, 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 transformations, call 949-429-0717 to discuss the possibilities.

 

Contact Parker Dentistry: 949-429-0717

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
Ladera Ranch, California
92694

 


Dental Crowns At Parker Dentistry In Ladera Ranch

Dental Crowns at Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch 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, crown 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 dentistry procedures, call Dr. Lincoln Parker at 949-429-0717. Parker Dentistry is located at 777 Corporate Dr. Ste 100 in Ladera Ranch. We have been serving patients in the Rancho Santa Margarita area since 2013. We can recommend the best tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry option for you.

 

Contact Parker Dentistry:

949-429-0717

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

777 Corporate Dr. Ste 100
Ladera Ranch, CA
92694

 


Wear A Crown In Rancho Santa Margarita

Wear A Crown In Rancho Santa Margarita

Some Ladera Ranch residents who have a weak or broken tooth may want to research dental crowns as a solution to improve their smile and overall oral health. A crown is really a cap or covering that is tooth-shaped and when it is in place, it will cover the portion of the covered tooth that is above the gum line.

Crowns can be made of metals, resin, ceramic, porcelain, or a porcelain-fused-to-metal material. Your Ladera Ranch area dentist will usually put in a temporary crown while a permanent crown is being created especially for your mouth in a dental laboratory.

Dental crowns have been used successfully in Ladera Ranch cosmetic dentistry for decades.

Many Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano dentists use crowns when performing smile makeovers to cover patient’s discolored or poorly shaped teeth. Strong, natural-looking crowns are also used with dental implants.

If you think a dental crown may be right for you, check with your Rancho Santa Margarita dentist. Or, if you are searching for quality dental care in the Rancho Santa Margarita area, call us here at Parker Dentistry. We are located in Ladera Ranch and are currently accepting new patients at our state-of-the art, yet warm and comfortable dental office.

Call us at 949-429-0717 and our friendly staff can answer any questions you have about teeth whitening in Ladera Ranch, veneers, enamel shaping, or any other cosmetic dental, general oral health, or dental financing questions.