Pictures of Dentistry and Dental Procedures

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by Dr. Jeffrey Dorfman, Director of The Center for Special Dentistry.

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removal of dental crowns, teeth caps by cutting or sectioning

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dental crown removal, how to remove a tooth cap, Black Swan, How to gently remove a dental crown. In the second photo note that the crown was sectioned through the middle from buccal to palatal. Also note in this photo that the crown was reduced interproximally so that the adjacent teeth would not be damaged; this is most important for crown removal. An elevator was placed into the slot preparation in the crown and gently twisted. The dentist should be careful to only twist the elevator within the crown and not to twist it within the underlying tooth structure otherwise tooth fracture could result. The cap (crown) came off in one piece.
dental crown removal cap remove take off sectioning cutting caps how to drill drilling technique How to pictures: A simple method of dental crown - teeth cap - removal. Use a diamond bur to cut through porcelain and a metal bur to cut through the metal coping underneath. First reduce interproximal porcelain so you don't damage adjacent teeth. Then after creating the occlusal pattern shown place an elevator or screwdriver into the slot and rotate the handle. The crown will typically slide off.
crown removal, take off caps, cut section prep preparation, technique, how to, drilling drill Pictures showing how to gently remove an upper front porcelain dental crown. 1) Crown #9. 2) Cut through porcelain with barrel-shaped diamond at mid-labial. 3) Cut away interproximal porcelain contacts with flame-shaped diamond. 4) Pack cord before cutting crown margin to protect gingiva. 5) Crown margin cut. 6) Elevator placed to gently loosen cement, don't force it -- the interproximal reduction gives room for the part of the crown being rotated off and protects adjacent teeth. 7) Tooth exposed. Differentiate metal in crown from the underlying tooth. 8) Crown removed in one piece.


 Information about these dental photos

     In medicine and dentistry "left" and "right" are based upon the orientation of the patient's body and not how they appear in a photograph of a smile.  For example, a reference to the upper left teeth will actually appear to be on the right side when viewing a picture of the face and similarly an upper right tooth will appear to be on the left side.

     Many words in dentistry like oral and mouth have a similar meaning and are frequently used together to help our readers find specific words they best understand.  This is particularly important because a majority of our visitors are from countries where English is not their primary language.  Maxilla or maxillary refer to the upper jaw.  Mandible or mandibular refer to the lower jaw.

     There are many other similar word combinations used throughout this website because our pages are read by patients and dentists.  A few of the most common are discussed here.  Tooth decay, tooth cavity and dental caries all mean the same thing.  Tooth, teeth and dental are also frequently interchanged as in teeth veneers or dental veneer laminate.  Oral rehabilitation and dental reconstruction mean smile makeover.  The word for x-ray may be used with or without a hyphen (this is true for other words too) and can also be called a radiograph.