The Past & Present of Dental Crowns
By Dr. Scott Szatkowski
August 26, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Dental crowns have been proven to have a great impact in modern dentistry. Just like other inventions, we may wonder what the history of dental crowns entails. It may surprise you that the wealthy Etruscans first used dental crowns over nineteen hundred years ago. During that time, gold was the material of choice and through time other metals began to be used. Lead became very popular until it was learned that it contained high levels of toxicity. Tin, iron and tungsten also found their way into patients’ mouths over the years as well as the other precious metals, platinum and silver. It also took many days if not weeks to prepare a crown to be used. In 2014, Elk Grove dental patients can discover that crowns are made the same day in the dental office. Dental Crown Cartoon
Dr. Szatkowski is taking part in present, modern day dentistry by providing same-day crowns. Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) makes same-day crowns possible by fabricating laboratory grade crowns in minutes. Studies have proven that same-day crowns are just as successful as traditional dental crown placements.

The Process of Same-Day Crowns

If you are in need of a crown, listed below is the procedure you can expect while at the office:
  1. Your tooth will be prepped. Any decay will be removed and your tooth will be shaped so that it will perfectly fit inside the crown.
  2. Your tooth will be given a light dusting of reflective powder and a small scanning wand will be used to take digital pictures of your mouth. A 3-D model will then be made of your tooth.
  3. While you wait, the CAD/CAM software will produce your crown.
  4. A block of dental ceramic material is chosen that matches your teeth. The design will then be transferred to a milling machine that carves the crown from the ceramic block in about five minutes.
  5. Once the crown’s fit is certain, the crown will be bonded to your tooth.
It is important that you give your new crown the proper care it requires. Brush twice a day, floss once a day and keep up on your dental exams and check-ups.
It’s truly amazing to think how time affects things for the better, especially dental crowns. To learn more about same-day crowns or to schedule an appointment, contact our Elk Grove dental office today!