Usually, crowns take about two appointments to complete. During the first visit, the dentist will get your natural tooth ready. This might involve removing any decay, reshaping the outer structure or building up the core. If drilling or abrasion is required, the dentist will first numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. It’s important to make sure the natural tooth is in good condition before it’s permanently covered by a crown.
At this time, the dentist will also take an impression using a scanner or paste/putty. This ensures the crown is an exact fit for your mouth. After that, the impression is sent off to the dental laboratory while it is hand-crafted in the USA. It takes a couple of weeks before the crown is made, so until then, you can just sit tight. Dr. Klayman will give you a temporary crown in the meantime, which is custom made in the office.
The next time you come back, it’s time to remove the temporary crown and install the permanent one. He’ll first make sure it fits and looks as it should before fixing it in place with special cement. Then you’re ready to head home with a new, strong and beautiful tooth. Dr. Klayman will tell you how to properly take care of the dental crown to prevent it from breaking and to prevent the natural tooth underneath from getting a cavity.