About the procedure
Dental crowns are restorations that are custom-made to fit the shape, size, and color of a natural tooth, providing protection, strength, and enhancing the aesthetic appearance. They are designed to completely cover the visible part of the tooth, from the gum line to the top of the tooth.
Dental crowns are highly durable, and with proper care, they can last for many years. It is recommended to maintain good oral hygiene, brushing your teeth twice a day, using dental floss, and attending regular dental check-ups to ensure the health and longevity of dental crowns.
The process of placing a dental crown generally involves several stages:
- Dental Preparation: The dentist prepares the tooth by removing a precise amount of dental structure to allow the crown to fit properly. This may involve reducing the size or shaping of the tooth. A dental impression is taken, which will be used as a model for the fabrication of the dental crown.
- Material and Color Selection: In consultation with the dentist, the material and color of the dental crown are chosen to fit the patient's aesthetic needs and preferences. The most common materials are porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, or a combination of them.
- Placement of a Temporary Crown: If necessary, a temporary provisional crown can be placed on the prepared tooth while the definitive crown is being fabricated in the dental laboratory. This helps protect the tooth and maintain its appearance until the definitive crown is ready.
- Manufacturing of the Dental Crown: The dental impression is sent to the dental laboratory, where the custom dental crown is fabricated according to the dentist's specifications. The manufacturing process may take several days or weeks.
- Placement of the Definitive Crown: Once the final dental crown is ready, the provisional crown is removed, and the fit and appearance of the definitive crown are checked. The dentist makes any necessary adjustments and then cements or permanently bonds the crown to the prepared tooth.
It is essential to consider that each case is unique, and treatment options may vary depending on the specific dental situation. A dentist will assess the patient's condition and provide personalized recommendations to achieve the best results.
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Frequently asked questions
How do you determine the price of the smile design and dental treatments?
The price of smile design and dental treatments is determined on an individual basis since each patient has unique needs and requirements. During the pre-treatment study and clinical evaluation, the case will be analyzed, and a personalized treatment plan will be provided, allowing us to determine the price based on the procedures required.
The smile design treatments are painful?
Most smile design treatments are performed with local anesthesia, which minimizes any discomfort or pain during the procedure. After the treatment, you may experience some temporary sensitivity or mild discomfort, but it typically subsides quickly.
How long do the results of the smile design last?
The duration of the results can vary depending on the specific treatment and post-treatment care. For example, dental whitening can last for several months or years with good oral hygiene habits and avoiding foods and beverages that stain the teeth. On the other hand, dental veneers or crowns usually have a longer lifespan but may eventually require replacement due to normal wear and tear.
What are the additional benefits of a smile design beyond dental aesthetics?
In addition to improving the aesthetic appearance, a smile design can have functional and health benefits. Some of these benefits include improved dental alignment, better bite and occlusion, correction of malocclusion issues, prevention of excessive dental wear, and increased self-confidence and emotional well-being.