Behind The Scenes: Dental Crown Fabrication

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This post looks at the complex process required to create a dental crown, like those provided by Koch Park Dental in Florissant.

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 reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry possible. The picture above shows three crowns attached to two implant posts. While the most advanced dental lab techs and ceramists can’t make a tooth as strong as Mother Nature, they are getting pretty darn close.

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 perfect 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 sculpting out the contours found in the scan. The finished tooth is not to scale, being 20% to 30% larger than required. 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 glossy, 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 strength. 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 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 necessary, and then is finished with a clear, ceramic gloss.

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

If you have a broken tooth or old, unattractive crown, or want specifics about smile transformations, call Koch Park Dental in Florissant to find out about dental crowns. We also offer many general dentistry services.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth? Root Canal Risks

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Your maxillary sinuses are very close to your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that area, the location can be hard to pinpoint. It could be an abscessed tooth needing a root canal.

Swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also occur. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most common type of oral abscess initiates in the pulp of the tooth and is typically caused by cavities. When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually bring about pain.

An abscess can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. If it’s caught in time, it can be treated with a root canal. A root canal involves removing bacteria from the empty canals in the tooth. Then it is cleaned, filled, and sealed. After a little time passes and we’re sure the root canal was successful, we’ll place a dental crown or some other restoration on top of the tooth.

You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have an infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both troubles—an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

If you suspect you have an abscessed tooth, don’t put it off. Call us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant and schedule an appointment. We’ll determine the cause of your paint and take the appropriate steps. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


CEREC Crowns in Florissant: Koch Park Dental

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Did you know that dental chairs don’t come from your local Florissant furniture store? All right: no surprise there. Dental chairs are made for the comfort of patient and dental provider alike. They’re just what the dentist ordered for CEREC same-day crowns, one of our specialties at Koch Park Dental.

Our patients have been lying back in Koch Park Dental seats since 1987. The cushioned comfort has pampered our patients, while allowing us to perform procedures like cosmetic dentistry and root canals.

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, also known as CERamic REConstruction, which is a lot easier to say (and remember). It is state-of-the-art dentistry. Instead of having to wait weeks or even months, CEREC Same Day Porcelain Crowns allow us to create and insert your crowns in just one appointment.

Computer Designed Crown

Even more impressive than the speed and quality of CEREC Same Day Crowns is that they cost about the same as traditional crowns made in a lab. Unlike those traditional crowns, your mouth is digitally scanned and the new crown is made by a computer.

You don’t even have to leave one of our comfy dental chairs; just sit back and wait while your new crowns are completed.

Personal Service

What sets Koch Park Dental apart is our personal service, professionalism, experience and competitive pricing.

Call our Florissant office today to find out if CEREC Same Day Crowns are right for you. We also provide general dentistry.

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Solving Dental Dilemmas In Florissant

Cosmetic Dental Solutions in Florissant Florissant cosmetic dentists use dental crowns to solve a number of dental dilemmas. A dental crown is a strong, natural-looking permanent tooth restoration that covers the top of the damaged tooth.

St. Louis family dentists recommend crowns to remedy the following problems:

A broken tooth with decay
An ill-fitting existing crown
A decayed tooth that has lost significant tooth structure
A tooth that has had a root canal
A tooth that is too small or misshapen
A tooth that causes a bite problem

Before your Hazelwood dentist can attach the crown to your tooth, we must prepare the tooth. Maryland Heights family dentists often apply a local anesthetic so you won’t feel pain during the prepping. Your dentist will remove decay, if any, and shape the tooth to receive the crown. Then a mold is taken of the prepped tooth and surrounding teeth.

A temporary crown is then placed on the tooth to protect it until you return to your St. Charles dentistry office to receive the permanent restoration. The patient needs to be careful while wearing the temporary crown. Vigorous brushing or flossing can displace the crown or damage the exposed soft tissue. The Hazelwood dental crown patient should also refrain from eating extremely hard foods like nuts or sticky candy.

The mold of your teeth is sent to a Missouri dental lab, where your crown is built. Dental crowns are fabricated in three varieties: tooth colored crowns made of resin or porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and solid metal crowns. Each type has its pros and cons. Your Florissant cosmetic dentist at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, will choose the best crown material for your particular tooth.

What if you need a permanent dental restoration for both the top and root of your tooth? A dental implant is your answer.

For more information about complete dental restorations and other cosmetic dental solutions, call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 314-837-7744 today.