Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Crown Procedures General Dentistry

Dental crowns are a great way to protects the tooth from further damage and restore their durability. They can be placed on top of severely damaged or decayed teeth, but only after all the decay has been removed in order for them do what they need too; which is provide you with this extra protection while also restoring some functionality back onto these precious bodily possessions!


This process of replacing lost teeth with temporary ones and then finally the final crown requires two additional appointments. The first visit includes shaping damaged tooth, taking impression for new porcelain crown, during this time period it takes about 2 weeks before they are able to construct your finished piece in dental laboratory which will be set up at second appointment where dentist cements on top.

It may seem complicated but when you think about how many years people might go without needing any help its not really that bad!


traditional crown

A traditional dental crown is fabricated in a dental lab. The process requires two visits, first to shape the tooth and then again for cementing once it’s delivered.

Dental Crown Types:

There are many different materials that can be used for dental crown procedure, including:

  • Ceramic crown
  • Zirconia crown
  • Metal crown
  • porcelain crown


a porcelain crown could be porcelain fused to metal instead of being made entirely from other materials.

your dentist recommends right type of dental crown with considering factors such as:

  • Location of your tooth
  • How impacts your smile
  • Gum tissue and presence of gum disease
  • Function and strength of tooth
  • Remaining of natural tooth
  • Surrounding teeth color shade


Preparing Your Tooth for a Dental Crown


Perhaps the most important part of getting a dental crown is to prepare your tooth for it. First, an x-ray will be taken to make sure that no decay or other issues are present in any teeth before starting this process .

Then if there’s anything wrong with one of these areas on his/her patient’s mouth ,the dentist can address them during their treatment and not have trouble fitting another person into what would’ve been impossible without fixing those minor flaws first! In order do so though you’ll need some patience—typically all steps take 50 – 90 minutes from start (prepping)to finish(installation).


Receiving the Temporary Crown

At the first visit, a dentist will evaluate your tooth and then trim it slightly with dental instruments to ensure that you’re getting an optimal crown. 

Your dentist will provide you with a temporary crown while they work on your permanent crown, which can take up to two weeks. Avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum during this time as it might make your tooth sensitive; if anything like that happens just call us for help! You’ll get the dental fixture immediately after we’re done making everything ready (it’s easy!)


Receiving the Permanent Crown

The dentist schedules a second appointment after the first, so that he can check for any size or shape issues. The patient may be asked to bite normally with their temporary crown in place and if there are problems it will show up during this time too! Finally, strong luting cement is used along with polished porcelain when fitting on permanent teeth; giving them natural-looking shine like before.

Dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with a permanent one in your mouth when the latter is ready. Before placing the new crown, you dentist check the fits and looks and makes sure it fit properly before cementing it into place for an average time period is around 20 minutes.

Source: Dr. Viviani Blog

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