By replacing the missing tooth structure, crowns are a great choice for improving your overall oral health and enhancing your smile.
There are a few reasons that you may need a crown:
To rebuild or strengthen a weak or heavily restored tooth
To change the appearance of your tooth
To protect the tooth following root canal treatment
After trauma or fracture of a tooth
What you need to know
The process of getting a crown will occur across 3 appointments. In the first appointment the dentist will take an impression of your teeth which will take between 10-20 minutes.
The next appointment will be for the preparation of the tooth which takes between 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. At the end of this appointment a temporary crown will be placed. You may need to do a colour match for your crown in order for it to look similar to your existing tooth and then the lab will make the crown and return it to us in about 1-2 weeks.
At the final appointment, the fit and look will be checked by the dentist and approved by you before cementing the crown in place. This final appointment usually takes up to 30 minutes.
With the temporary crown, your dentist will advise you to avoid hard, chewy or sticky foods. Once your permanent crown has been placed it may take a little time to adjust to it and eating soft foods for the first few days is preferred. Maintaining good oral health care habits and keeping up with your routine dental visits can help to extend the life of your crown.
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