|First the root canal. DDS Patel was excellent. |
He managed to save enough of the tooth for a new crown.
Jasmine slides a camera over my teeth. It takes 8 pictures a second.
The computer even figures out where pressure is occurring when I bite. Red indicates the greatest pressure.
|DDS Hoyt designing the new crown.|
The computer then creates the new crown. It used photos of the other jaw to determine the shape of the crown's bite surface, so the upper and lower teeth would mesh properly.
Next the computer shows the degree of contact between the crown and neighboring teeth
These spots are then reduced on the computer model
The computer shows how the crown will be carved out of the block of material placed in the milling machine below.
|11 minutes to crave out the crown|
The new crown now goes into an oven for 20 minutes where it will harden and be dyed to match my other teeth.
|A little fine tuning.|
|In it goes.|
|Looks great. It is the second full tooth from the left.|
The entire process took 2 hours.
From root canal to finished crown 6 days.