UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 346-980-4770 | MIDTOWN: 281-397-3832
UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 346-980-4770
MIDTOWN: 281-397-3832

Custom cast post and core dental crown to restore a tooth

Lab Fabricated Post and Core Crown For Teeth Restoration

When teeth need to be restored, it will often be a post and core crown that is used. The reason for this method tends to be the lack of usable teeth that are still viable.

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Lab Fabricated Post and Core Crown For Teeth Restoration

Not all the work that is carried out in your mouth comes from work completed directly by your dentist. There are times when they have to try methods that may not be possible to construct with the equipment they own, and when this is the case they have to involve the help of the lab to use their expertise and methods. This is what is going to happen when a post and core is required.

 

What are post and cores?

When teeth need to be restored after it saved with a root canal, it will often be a post and core crown that is used. The reason for this method tends to be the lack of usable teeth that are still viable. If the tooth cannot bear the weight of a normal crown, then a way has to be found to allow one to be put in place. The root canal will receive a post and it is onto this post that the crown will be fitted. It may not be the quickest way – there is a system that allows the piece to be fitted the same day that the decision is made – but this is not going to be suitable for all people, or to deal with all problems. Here, however, there needs to be the involvement of lab technicians and they will ensure that the crowns are properly connected and just right to fit in the space that has been provided for them.

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Why does a tooth need a post and core inside of it?

This process has to be followed when there is a large gap in the mouth and there is a reason why you do not want to wear dentures that will be fixed via an adhesive each day. It is considered a better option to have teeth covered rather than removed and replaced.  The post needs to be in place so that the crown can be placed on it. It will also fulfill the role of distribution. When food is eaten, pressure is put on a tooth in an attempt to break it down. Too much pressure can lead to damage, and when this happens there can be an expensive dental bill on the horizon – to say nothing of the pain and discomfort that will be felt.

Most of us will want the most convenient, quick and pain-free solution to the issue of tooth loss and utilizing the help of lab staff to provide the post and core is the best way to achieve that.

 

What are the symptoms that lead to requiring a post and core?

Mainly the symptom will be tooth loss or, if the tooth has not actually been lost, a considerable amount of decay spread over a few teeth. This can happen for several reasons and there are not always ways to stop it. Oral hygiene can go a long way to helping you keep your teeth, but with age, they will start to come out. An accident can happen at any age, and suddenly you will find you have a gap in your teeth and want to fill it. It will usually be in an area where there has been the loss of a few teeth and the surrounding ones are not going to be able to hold the normal form of support. The last thing that you or your dentist wants is to cause damage to other teeth. When this happens, a support needs to be set in the gums and posts added. It is these posts that will hold the newly constructed teeth and stop them putting additional pressure on other teeth. It will be the process that improves the look and capability of the teeth.

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How is a post and core placed in a tooth?

Once it has been established that the use of a prefabricated post is not possible, then it is a cast post and core that will be made to fit the tooth. The tooth will often need to be reinforced and this is done by using a resin that will make the tooth the correct size. Damaged teeth can often have pieces breaking off them, and if there is too small a stump left in the mouth, then a crown will not fit properly, or have the support it requires. The resin is then removed, and the size used as a template to allow the lab technician to make the post and core that will be used permanently. The metals that can be used include titanium or gold. If it appears that the metal post is going to be too intrusive, then zirconia oxide can be used instead. A further option for staff in the lab will be to use a plastic post along with polyvinyl siloxane impression material. Before the decisions are made, you will be involved and will be told the pros and cons of each option. Unless there is a clear medical reason why the dentist wants to use a specific method, then it will be your opinion that is considered and you who makes the choices.

 

What is the end goal of placing a post and core in a tooth?

The final results will be crowns that are secure and not going to cause any damage to the teeth that they are covering or being helped with the support they are giving to other teeth. As the crown is not directly sitting on a broken or decayed tooth, it will stay in place and be fit for purpose. Not only could a heavy crown cause further damage to a weak tooth, but it would prevent the crown from fulfilling its role.

It would be difficult to chew or bite, and without the proper support of a tooth, the crown is likely to fall out and expose the damaged tooth. As this tooth cannot be left exposed, there will need to be additional work carried out and this time it will be a post and core that is used. The overall result is a smile that you can be proud of, and teeth that will not break or hurt whenever you try to eat something that requires biting and chewing.

Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including:Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works).They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude.GREAT aftercare package.
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