Do you have a tooth that needs a crown? Maybe it’s cracked or chipped or has a cavity that is too large for a filling. A crown is a restorative option to save a damaged tooth. It allows the natural root to stay in place while covering the existing tooth material for protection.
If you’re thinking about getting a dental crown, you may have a variety of questions. How long does it take to get a dental crown? Can the procedure be completed in one day? Learn the answers to these questions and more.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a protective covering that is placed over a tooth that is too damaged for a filling. Crowns can be made of porcelain or metal depending on the location of the tooth and personal preferences. Porcelain crowns look very natural and can be made to match the color of your existing teeth. Metal crowns can be placed on back molars where they are less visible and will bear the brunt of the chewing force. Porcelain is very strong, but does not last as long as metal.
What is the Dental Crown Procedure?
The procedure for getting a dental crown involves reducing the existing tooth structure to make room for the crown to fit over the top. Impressions or digital images are made of the tooth to create a crown that will fit in the space and blend in with the rest of the teeth. In some cases a temporary crown will need to be placed while the permanent crown is created in a lab and sent back to the dental office for placement. If the crown fits properly it will be permanently bonded into placement. If not, it will be sent back to the lab for adjustments.
How Long Does Dental Crown Placement Take?
From the first consultation to the placement of the permanent crown, the entire process can take a few weeks. The procedure of bonding the permanent crown in place over the tooth only takes about 20-30 minutes.
How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?
A porcelain crown lasts an average of 10-15 years. With excellent care and maintenance it could last for 20 years or more. Metal crowns tend to be more sturdy and last an average of 15-20 years or even longer when they are well taken care of. Crowns on the back molars may wear out more quickly because the force of chewing takes its toll over time.
Are Crowns Worth It?
There are many benefits to dental crowns. A tooth that has severe damage to the natural crown may not be able to be restored with a filling. But instead of having the tooth extracted, a crown allows the natural root to stay in place. The tooth is still supported in the jaw like a natural tooth, which allows for better function and appearance. And a crown costs less than a dental implant, which is the closest replacement option to a natural tooth.
Where Can I Get a Dental Crown?
Golia Dental provides dental crown placement for any number of teeth. If you have a tooth that is chipped, cracked, or severely damaged, we can assess the situation and determine whether or not a dental crown is the best option to restore it. We always do our best to save the natural tooth whenever possible, but we also provide replacement options when necessary.