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How Long Does it Take to put on a Permanent Crown?

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How Long Does it Take to put on a Permanent Dental Crown?

Getting a dental crown installed usually takes two visits. It will take dentists at Vita Dental Spring two appointments to fit you with a crown. We would like to explain to you how the entire process would happen. This way, you will have a good idea of how long getting a dental crown will take.

The Average Time

In the first appointment, the tooth will be prepared and shaped. He or she will then take an impression and place a temporary crown. The time it takes to perform these steps is about 30 minutes or an hour.

You will then wait for two weeks as the dentist gets your final implant ready. When you go for the second visit, he/she will cement the final crown to your tooth. The procedure usually takes place in about thirty minutes at Vita Dental Spring. Meaning that, between the first and second visits, it will take about an hour and a half of chair time. 

Single-Visit Dental Crowns

Another option offered in the dental world is a single visit crown; in an hour or two, you will have this crown.

The Crowning Process

Since most procedures are better off as two separate appointments, we at Vita Dental Spring will focus on the two-step crowning process. It will help you get a feel of how long it could to get your crown.

The First Appointment

In the first step, the dentist numbs your tooth by injecting a  local anesthetic on the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue,  so that you will not feel anything during the whole process.

In case the tooth has had a root canal; it will not need any numbing. However, the dentist may numb the gum tissue.

He/she will then shape and trim some parts of the tooth structure because the dental crown needs to have some minimal thickness. It will ensure that there is enough bulk to have enough strength.

When using ceramics, there need to be enough thickness to ensure transparency. Most dental crowns only need about two millimeters of width which is just a sixteenth of an inch. The trimming usually happens on all sides of the tooth. The trimmed tooth will need to have a specific shape and slightly tapered so that the crown slips over it with ease.

The tapered shape helps with stability and retention of the dental crown. The large nub extends into the interior of the crown. There can be at times so much tooth, which has broken that the dentist has to build up the tooth using filling materials.

Taking an Impression of the Shaped Tooth

Once the dentist is done forming your tooth, he or she will make a copy of it using a dental impression. There are two ways to do this. One is to use a putty-like material that is often called the impression material.

In this process, a retraction cord, which pulls back the gum, is placed around the tooth. The idea is to ensure an accurate impression of the tooth without interference from the gums.

Next, the dentist will take an impression of the opposite jaw that will help to create a perfect dental crown so that it fits perfectly with the existing teeth. The impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory to create a plaster cast that will be used to fabricate the crown.

The crown is made to fit on your tooth perfectly and to blend perfectly with other teeth. Depending on the specific laboratory, we at Vita Dental Spring can have a crown ready for you in one week or two weeks.

Optical Dental Impressions

The other alternative to getting teeth impressions is visual dental impressions. Some dentists will use equipment that takes visual impressions. The process will entail the use of the small hand-held, wand-like camera.

With this technique, no impression with a putty-like material is necessary. However, the retraction cord could still be of use to ensure that the full extent of the tooth is captured.

The digital impression is analyzed using CAD equipment. The laboratory technician will then fabricate the crown; a procedure that often takes place on the same day. However, it can be quite costly.

Placing a Temporary Dental Crown

When the dental crown is prepared using an impression, your tooth will need to remain covered. That will require you to wearing a temporary crown until your next appointment. At Vita Dental Spring, this takes about 10 minutes, and you can then walk out of the dental office.

Choosing the Right Shade

One final step is picking the tone of your crown which will ensure that it matches the rest of the teeth. It is especially important if it is a crown on the front teeth. On completion of the process, you can come in for the next appointment for the fitting of the final dental cap.

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