Dental crowns are typically placed during the course of two appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Spaniel will prepare your tooth for placement and take impressions of your teeth which will be used to create your crown. In addition to removing decay, Dr. Spaniel may need to remove a small amount of tooth structure to ensure the crown fits perfectly over the remaining tooth structure. Your crown will be expertly crafted at a dental laboratory using high-quality materials such as metal or porcelain. This process typically takes two weeks. In the meantime, Dr. Spaniel may place a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
Once your permanent crown is ready, we will schedule a second appointment. Dr. Spaniel will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent one, which will be bonded into place. Before you leave, Dr. Spaniel will make any final adjustments to the crown to ensure a proper fit and bite. The crown will be buffed and polished for a beautiful and seamless look.
Dental crowns can last for many years, so long as they are properly cared for. Like natural teeth, crowns must be brushed and flossed regularly. Routine dental checkups with Dr. Spaniel are also important to ensure your crown is functioning properly. Our team will be more than happy to share more tips and instructions on how to take care of your crown and teeth during your appointment with us.