Very Up Close & PersonalOn her blog, Martha Stewart lets us get very up close and personal with her crown fitting, sharing 17 pictures from the process taken, just like you might, on her phone. Because she had damage on a nearby tooth, she starts getting that filled. Although some of the description sounds like she had a ceramic filling placed, based on the way it was done, it was probably a resin composite tooth-colored filling. Next, they get to work on the dental crown. Although the tooth had previously been prepared for an old crown, which broke, it still has to be prepared for the new crown. This could be for many reasons. She might have had some old crown material that was still bonded to the tooth. Or it’s possible that there was some decay under the crown (it happens). Or maybe the dentist just wanted to reshape the tooth to improve the fit or prevent breakage of the new crown. At any rate, prep is usually a lot faster when you’re getting a new crown placed. Then it’s time to take impressions, which are done with a silicone plastic foam. A temporary crown is fitted. The dentist then uses bite registration material to make sure her bite is balanced. This is very important, because a dental crown that is poorly fitted has the potential to throw off your bite, putting you at risk for TMJ. Then it’s time to fit the temporary dental crown and Stewart goes home to wait for the new crown.