Traditionally, dental crowns are made over two separate appointments, with the first appointment for the preparation and the second to fit and cement it in place. Luckily, advances in technology have made it possible to get same-day dental crowns that can be fabricated in just one appointment! Read on to find out the straight facts about how long a crown takes.
At your first appointment, your dentist will prepare the tooth that’s receiving a crown by filing it down and shaping it. They’ll also take an impression of the trimmed tooth to send off to a lab that will make your new crown. At this point, you’ll be given a temporary crown to wear until you return for your second appointment.
Once your dentist receives the crown back from the lab, they’ll check that it’s the correct colour and shape before fitting it on your tooth. Afterwards, they’ll polish it and ensure that the fit is perfect before finally bonding it to your tooth. This whole process should only take about two hours at most!
Keep in mind that the lifespan of a dental crown depends on how well you care for it. If you brush and floss regularly, your crown should last for years. However, if you tend to be rough with your teeth or eat hard food, it’s likely that you’ll need a replacement sooner rather than later. This is why it’s so important to maintain good oral hygiene with a healthy diet.