Solving Dental Dilemmas At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS

Cosmetic Dental Solutions in San Jose San Jose 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.

San Jose 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 Los Gatos dentist can attach the crown to your tooth, we must prepare the tooth. Cupertino 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 Campbell 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 Los Gatos 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 California 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 San Jose cosmetic dentist at Wesley P. Yemoto 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 Wesley P. Yemoto DDS at 669-255-2764 today.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Behind The Scenes: Dental Crown Fabrication

how a dental crown is made San Jose

Today’s post looks at the complex process required to engineer a dental crown. 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 successful reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry possible. This picture shows three crowns attached to two implant posts. While the most advanced California dental lab techs and proficient ceramists can’t make a tooth as strong as Mother Nature can, they are getting pretty darn close.

As far as beauty goes, today’s high-quality crowns are just as pleasing and natural looking as actual teeth. (A crown that looks like a white Chiclet and sticks out like a sore thumb is not a high-quality crown from Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry.)

When one of our Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry 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 cutting-edge factory has a computerized machine that will then pour plaster into cylindrical molds, forming 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 milling 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 durability. 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 – an artist in every sense of the word – 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 dense throughout. More hand contouring follows, as needed, and then is finished with a clear, ceramic gloss.

All of this work results in an outstanding crown for one of our patients!

If you have a broken tooth or old, unattractive crown, or want information about smile transformations, call 669-255-2764 to discuss the possibilities.

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Contact Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Suite F
San Jose, California
95118