Removing the decay on your childs teeth and shaping it | Dental Treatment Guide

Your dentist will use a drill to remove the decay and prepare your tooth for the crown. The drill is usually referred to as the dentist’s hand piece. The chewing surface of the tooth will be reduced and then the sides of the tooth will follow. The dentist will try to place the smallest possible crown. This crown must touch the other teeth so that no teeth drift out of alignment and so that the bite is maintained.

When the tooth is prepared for the crown, your dentist will test the crown so that it will fit the tooth. The crown will be shaped so that it fits as properly as possible. For strip crowns, the dentist will use a mould to determine the size and shape.

If a stainless steel or open-faced crown is installed on the tooth, it will be polished, filled with cement, and then placed in its proper position. For open-faced crowns, the front will be cut away and replaced with a material that matches the colour of your teeth. For strip crowns, the tooth will be etched with weak acid so that the crown bonds to the tooth properly. The crown form will then be filled with plastic material and then seated on the tooth. This plastic will be hardened with a special light. When it is hard enough, the crown form is removed which leaves a tooth-shaped plastic crown.

When the crown is placed on the tooth, your dentist will remove any excess plastic and cement. The dentist will rinse your mouth, examine the tooth, and then rinse the surrounding tissues. Your dentist will also make sure that your bite is correct.

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