Dental Crowns

What Is Necessary For A Dental Crown?

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Dental Crowns

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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 techniques in the 1900s, crown technology took a big leap forward.

A dental crown procedure consists of multiple steps:

Tooth Preparation
Your dentist will anesthetize the tooth to be crowned and then prepare it. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped. Usually, the dentist files off tooth structure to reduce the size and create the proper shape. Sometimes, the tooth is too small to begin with; in that case, the dentist builds up the core of the tooth with filling material to create a strong base for the crown. All-metal crowns – as opposed to porcelain crowns – have thinner sides, requiring less removal of tooth structure.

Creating a Good Impression
The dentist will use a putty-like substance to produced an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. An impression will also be made of the teeth that oppose the crown. This ensures that the crown does not adversely affect the bite.

The Temporary Crown
A temporary crown is used to safeguard the tooth and be certain it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being fabricated. Patient 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. Be aware that the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold.

Choosing a Color
If the new crown will be constructed with porcelain, you and your dentist will use a shade guide to settle upon a shade for the restoration. Most men and women don’t have teeth that are exactly the same color. You will need to ascertain the best suited shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

The Lab Team Works Its Magic
The dentist or a laboratory technician then uses the model to form the crown. Some dentists have the equipment required to fabricate crowns right in their office. Same day restorations are created with a machine that mills a crown from a small block of ceramic in the correct shade.

Your Crown Is Put In Place

When the new crown is ready, your dentist places it in your mouth and makes any required calibration to achieve a great fit. This process shouldn’t be rushed. Sometimes less than a millimeter of drilling can make the difference between an ill-fitting crown that makes irregular contact with the opposing teeth and a crown that is correctly fitted.

 

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Contact Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry:

817-200-7323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas
76013

 

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Dental Crowns At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns at Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington Dental crowns have been used in dentistry for over 2,000 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 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. Stephen Ratcliff at 817-200-7323. Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, is located at 909 W Mitchell St in Arlington. We have been serving patients in the Fort Worth area since 1990. We can recommend the best tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry option for you.

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Cosmetic Dental Solutions in Arlington

Posted on May 6, 2011 in Dental Crowns

Cosmetic Dental Solutions in Arlington Arlington 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.

Arlington cosmetic 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 Arlington dentist can attach the crown to your tooth, we must prepare the tooth. Arlington 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 Arlington cosmetic 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 Arlington 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 Texas 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 Arlington cosmetic dentist at Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry 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 Dr. Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 817-200-7323 today.

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Dental Crowns at Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 in Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns at Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego

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 Dentist Dr. Stephen Ratcliff. Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is located at 909 W Mitchell St, Arlington, TX 76013. We have been serving clients in the Fort Worth and Dallas area for several years. We can recommend the best tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry option for you.

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Tooth Restoration in Arlington

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 in Dental Crowns, Restorative Dentistry

Tooth Restoration in Arlington At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, we use a variety of techniques to restore damaged teeth. Most Fort Worth dental clients are familiar with fillings. Traditional fillings are also called ‘direct restorations‘ because they are applied to the tooth, shaped and polished in one visit.

Another type of filling is called an ‘indirect restorations’ and is fabricated in a Texas dental lab. There are two types: inlays and onlays.

When a tooth needs more extensive dental restoration, a crown is often used. At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, we create strong, natural-looking crowns from a variety of materials.

What if the tooth is damaged beyond repair? There are a number of functional replacements for missing teeth. Dentures are not the only option.

Call 817-200-7323 to learn about the restoration options available. We have been improving smiles for Fort Worth and Grand Prairie patients since 1990.

Whether the damage is caused by decay, injury, bite problems, or natural wear; Dr. Stephen Ratcliff DDS will choose the best dental treatment plan for your tooth restoration needs. Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is conveniently located at 909 W Mitchell St, Arlington, TX in Arlington. We provide quality dental care for Mansfield and Grapevine families.

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Texas porcelain veneers and dental crowns

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Crowns, Porcelain Veneers

I’m Dr. Stephen Ratcliff, and my practice is called Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

We perform porcelain veneers and dental crowns in Arlington Texas.

Porcelain veneers and dental crowns are some of our most popular and requested dental procedures. We specialize in many other dental procedures, as well. If you are looking for a local Texas dental practice that specializes in porcelain veneers and dental crowns, I encourage you to visit Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Our staff is very comfortable and friendly, and ready to help you better understand your options with porcelain veneers and dental crowns.

Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides cosmetic dental procedures in Arlington, TX.

You can find us at 909 W Mitchell St, Arlington, TX 76013. Or on the web at http://www.myarlingtoncosmeticdentist.com.

Or just give us a call at 817-200-7323.

I look forward to seeing you.

-Dr. Stephen Ratcliff

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