Dental crowns have been around for millennia and are still used to restore smiles today. Ancient dentists used ivory, bone, and seashells to make crowns for teeth. Evidence of gold crowns dates from 200 A.D. Porcelain crowns appeared in the 1800s. With the advancement of metal casting processes in the 1900s, crown technology took a big leap forward.
A dental crown procedure consists of multiple steps:
Your dentist will anesthetize the tooth to be crowned and then prepare it. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped.
The Temporary Crown
A temporary crown is made to protect the tooth and make sure it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being created. Patients need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods.
Choosing a Color
If the new crown will be created with porcelain, you and your dentist will use a shade guide to identify the best shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.
Your Crown Is Put In Place
Once the new crown is made, your dentist will place it in your mouth and make any needed calibration to achieve a perfect fit.
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