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Dental crowns need to withstand strong chewing, chomping and grinding, so they’re created to be incredibly durable. When you receive a crown service in our office, we will create an impression of your pearly whites, but we do not actually create the crown on-site. To form the crown, we send the impression of your chompers to a dental workshop where the crown is formed. Here’s some additional insights into that process.

Using the impression from our staff, the dental lab staff will create a mold of the tooth or pearly whites to be crowned. This mold will aid the dental lab staff in seeing how your chompers line up, and they will use it to create a second impression that can sustain the hot materials your oral crown will be made from.

At temperatures up to 2400 °F, the metal or porcelain is designed in its molten form to fit between your existing pearly whites. The crown is then heated for an additional period of time to ensure suitable curing. After the crown has completed cooling, the dental lab team breaks open the impression and removes the crown to apply some finishing coats. Following a final check of the crown, it’s sent to our office for installation.

We hope that this information will assist you if you ever need to patiently await the arrival of your new oral crown. Quality takes time! If you’d like us to look at your oral health or do a regular visit, please call 304-523-3666 in Huntington, West Virginia, now. Dr. James N. Aldridge Jr. and the staff at James Aldridge Jr. DDS will be excited to see you!