When a tooth is weakened or cracked and a filling or bonding are not enough, a crown is the best way to keep the tooth safe and strong. Decay, discoloration, and injury can result in a tooth or teeth that need additional protection beyond your natural enamel.
A crown is made from porcelain, porcelain with metal or full gold. Porcelain crowns are the best match for your natural teeth and will make your smile blended and even. Crowns are very strong and will last around 10-15 years, especially with the same care you give to your other teeth, brushing and flossing and regular check ups.
The Dental Crown Process
How long does it take to put a crown on a tooth?
It typically takes two separate appointments for a dentist to place a dental crown. The first appointment involves: 1) Preparing (shaping) the tooth, 2) Taking its impression and 3) Placing a temporary crown. The time needed to perform these steps can range from 30 minutes to an hour.
Local anesthetic is used during these procedures where discomfort may be felt. And there is sometimes a follow up appointment a little later to check that the permanent crown is fitted properly. We are always very careful to do whatever is necessary to restore your smile in any and every way you want. We love to see you smile!