If it is determined that you need a dental crown, you’ll usually book two subsequent visits to the dentist. The first visit involves preparation of the tooth and a temporary crown and the second visit is for the placement of the permanent crown.
On your first visit, the dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Next, the tooth will be filed down to make room for the crown. A paste is then used to make impressions of the tooth that will be receiving the crown along with the tooth above or below so that the fit is right and doesn’t affect your bite. Also on this first visit a temporary crown will be made and secured in place using a temporary cement.
The impressions are then sent to a dental lab where the crown is manufactured. Your second appointment will most likely be two weeks out giving the lab enough time to complete the crown. On this final visit the dentist will make sure that the permanent crown fits properly, is the correct color, and that your bite is right. If everything is as it should be the new crown will be permanently cemented into place.
The average life of a crown is 15 years, however, some will last 25 to 30 years. The main factor will be your oral hygiene and habits. Make sure that you continue brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and don’t miss your regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
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