Dental crowns are caps, a form of dental restoration that completely covers a damaged tooth or dental implant. They are used to enhance the appearance of teeth, restore their function and shape, and protect them from further damage.
Crowns are usually required when large cavities damage or threaten the health of a tooth. Most dental crowns are made of metal, porcelain, ceramics, resin, or a combination of these materials.
The procedure for getting a crown takes two appointments, but the exact timeline is based on your individual needs and the type of crown being placed. It will also depend on whether your dentist decides to use a same-day or multi-day procedure. The typical process of dental crown placement involves the following steps:
During your first visit, your dentist will examine and prepare the damaged tooth. This entails taking x-rays of the tooth and an impression, which will be used as a model to formulate a dental crown.
The impression will be sent to the lab, and you will be given a temporary crown to wear until the permanent crown is made. This process may take several days or weeks.
After we receive your custom restoration from the lab, you will return for your second appointment. Your dentist will check the fit and look of your new crown and make any necessary adjustments. They will then place the new, permanent crown, and secure it with a powerful dental cement, completing the procedure.
On average, dental crowns can last between 5 and 15 years, based on the type of crown used and your lifestyle. Generally, porcelain crowns are more durable than their metal counterparts, and good oral hygiene practices can also extend the lifespan of your crowns.
Dental crowns can be made of porcelain, metal alloys, ceramic, or zirconia.
You may need a dental crown if you have a large cavity that is too large for a filling. A crown may also be recommended if your tooth is weakened, cracked, or severely worn out.
Although the process of getting a dental crown might cause a little discomfort, crowns themselves do not hurt.
On average, it takes about four weeks for the gums to recover fully after crown placement. During recovery, you’re encouraged to practice proper oral hygiene to avoid infection.