Dental Crowns: Preserving Damaged Teeth – Part II
To perform the crown procedure, your dentist prepares the tooth and makes a molded impression or a digital scan of your teeth to send to a dental laboratory. A custom-made temporary crown is created during this visit to protect the tooth while the final restoration is being made in the dental laboratory. Once completed, the crown will be cemented or adhesively bonded at a second visit.
A recent technology, CAD/CAM technology (computer-aided design/manufacturing technology) has evolved to display a 3-D picture of the teeth. A restoration is then created through milling of a ceramic block.
After your new crown has been placed, your dentist will provide you with information about caring for your new restoration. In general, maintain proper oral hygiene habits by brushing twice daily and flossing with dental floss or interdental cleaners (specially designed brushes and sticks) once a day. These practices will help to remove plaque from the area where the crown meets the gum, and help prevent dental decay and gum disease.
Avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects, since this could damage your crown. It also is important to avoid biting your fingernails and grinding your teeth, which could significantly shorten its life-span. If you habitually clench or grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend wearing a night-time mouth guard to offer protection while sleeping.
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