Getting a Dental Crown — How Long Does It Take?

Dental restoration is the only hope for a patient who would lose a tooth. Now, there are certain degrees of requirements for restoring the dental structure. And most of these requirements may include placing a crown to either replace the missing tooth or to support the existing weaker tooth.

Now, a lot of people may ask about the time this process usually takes. The reason for this eagerness is that spending time without proper dental functions is never easy. And therefore, patients usually look to get the tooth functionality and aesthetics restored as soon as possible.

But, it would be worth mentioning what a dental crown is before we move to discuss about the time this process takes and the technology being used today. Crown is basically a cap which covers the area of lost tooth or it supports the weaker tooth. The main purpose is usually to restore appearance and functionality of the dental structure. This cap is attached and bonded into the place in order to make it the permanent part of your smile and/or bite.

Having that said, it’s important to mention the process of crowning. First, we are going to discuss about the traditional way of crowning. It wouldn’t be wrong if we say that this crowning method is the annoyingly time taking process which makes the patient wait for quite a time before the crown is ready. The process usually involves two dental visits occupying the time span of at least two weeks. The first visit is all about the readings and measurements. X-rays, dental impression and placement of a temporary crown are the main things done. When the crown gets ready after two weeks, the patient comes to get the temporary one detached and the new one attached.

Now, the latest technology involves CEREC which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. This technology has enabled the dentists to do measurements, preparations and application in a single visit, making the patient to wait for a very short time. This process mainly involves camera, milling and the preparation in a machine which resembles 3D printer. The process involves digital imaging of the teeth. Then dentist uses computer software to convert this digital image into virtual design which leads to the development of restoration model. The printer works on this model to create the crown in a matter of a few minutes.

After the crown is ready, the dentist makes sure that crown is going to work properly. After that, the crown is polished and fitted into the place.

Good news with CEREC crown is that it doesn’t let you wait for very long. It is reliable and cheaper.