The process for getting a dental crown fitted takes a minimum of two visits over a three or four-week period.
- During the first visit, the tooth to be fitted with a crown will be filed down in order to make room for the crown. If we find that your tooth is severely damaged or broken, your doctor may instead fill it in to make it large enough to support the crown. (This preparation is done after the tooth has been numbed and the decay in or around it removed.)
- Once the tooth has been prepped, an impression will be made of it, as well as the surrounding teeth, to be sent off to a dental lab, which will make the permanent crown. Before the end of the appointment, a temporary crown made of acrylic resin will be fitted to protect the weakened tooth until the final, permanent crown is ready.
- It usually takes about one to two weeks for the permanent crown to be created. Once it arrives, you will need to return to the dentist to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent one placed on. After ensuring that the fit is perfect, the crown is cemented into place. Regular oral hygiene habits (i.e., brushing and flossing) will be necessary to maintain the crown.