Scan and
Design
All of our crowns and bridges begin with impressions taken of a patient's teeth in the dentist's office.  From there, our model technicians work to make an exact working model of the patient's mouth which is digitally scanned in to our design computers.  Using precision software, an exact fit with custom contours and tooth anatomy can be achieved.  In this way, every crown has the most ideal fit and shape possible.
Milling and Hand-Contouring
The computer design of the crown is sent to a milling machine that cuts a slightly oversized crown out of a zirconia blank.  This pre-sintered crown is in a softer state than it will be once fired in a sintering oven.  Our dental technicians work with the zirconia crown in this state to hone margins and emphasize anatomical features before coloring and sintering.
Coloring and
Sintering
Each soft-state zirconia crown is colored after hand-contouring is completed.  The crown is then heated in a sintering oven where the zirconia undergoes shrinkage and hardening.  After this stage, it is at its full strength (see strength test) and should fit the model almost exactly. 
Stain and Glaze
The final step for any zirconia crown that leaves our lab is staining and glazing.  During this stage, a shade is achieved that will most closely match the shade of the patient's original tooth.  Changes in contact with adjacent teeth as well as with the opposing teeth are made in this step to ensure ideal fit.

Zirconia Blank

Milling

Soft State Crowns

Hand Contouring

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Sintered Zirconia

Staining and Glazing

Staining and Glazing

Firing

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Impression

Modeling

Die Trimming

Scanning

Design

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Soft State Coloring

Soft State Coloring

Soft State Coloring

Sintering

Sintered Zirconia