A dental crown is a common dental restoration used to repair damaged teeth and restore their functionality and aesthetics. Many patients wonder about the timeline involved in getting a dental crown. While getting a dental crown is a process, the good news is that a crown can provide them with the smile they want, typically in just a few weeks or less.
Consultation and Examination
The process of getting a dental crown usually starts with an initial consultation and examination at our office. During this visit, Dr. Levitt will assess the condition of your tooth and determine whether a dental crown is an appropriate treatment option. He will also discuss the procedure with you, addressing any concerns or questions you may have.
If you decide to proceed with a dental crown, the next step is tooth preparation, which involves removing a portion of the tooth's outer structure to create space for the crown. The amount of tooth structure removed depends on the type of crown being used.
After preparing the tooth, Dr. Levitt will take impressions of it and send them to the dental laboratory to fabricate your custom crown.
Temporary Crown Placement
While waiting for your permanent crown to be fabricated, Dr. Levitt will place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth to protect it. The temporary crown is usually made from acrylic or composite material. It's essential to be cautious with the temporary crown and avoid sticky or hard foods that may dislodge or damage it.
Dental crown fabrication is typically done through a dental laboratory. The dental laboratory technician will use the impressions taken by your dentist to create a crown that matches the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.
The fabrication process usually takes a couple of weeks.
Once your permanent crown is ready, you will return to the dental office for the final stage of the process—crown placement. Dr. Levitt will remove the temporary crown and check its fit, shape, and color.
If everything looks good, he will bond the permanent crown to the prepared tooth using dental cement or adhesive. Dr. Levitt will then ensure the crown is aligned correctly and make any necessary adjustments to provide a comfortable bite.
The duration of the dental crown process can vary depending on individual circumstances and the type of crown being used. On average, it takes a few weeks from the initial consultation to the permanent crown placement. It's important to follow your dentist's instructions and attend regular check-ups to maintain the longevity and function of your dental crown.
Dr. Howard Levitt Can Help You Achieve the Smile of Your Dreams
To find out if you'd be a good candidate for a dental crown or more about our process, contact us today at 203-775-2225 or request an appointment online. At Howard Levitt DDS, we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.