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If your dental care specialist has given the verdict of treating your tooth like royalty, it is best to start preparing to receive a crown. We understand that if it’s your first, questions like, “How long does a crown placement usually take?” are expected, and we are here with answers.

When Are Dental Crowns Used?

You may need a crown in the following situations:

  • The tooth structure after filling is next to nothing on its own.
  • If you have recently had a root canal.
  • Cosmetic issue with the tooth.
  • Your teeth are susceptible to decay, cracking, or breaking.
  • A large cavity.
  • As a dental bridge support.

Dental Crown Placement Timeline

So, how long does getting a crown take?

Tooth Preparation (Around 1 Hour)

After the dentist tells you that a crown is needed for teeth support, they will need an hour to prepare them. This takes around 60 minutes (1 hour) on the whole.

Your dental crown placement will take place under the effects of local anesthesia. They will first shape your tooth to eliminate decay and contour it down. This step is increasingly necessary so that crowns can sit comfortably over it.

Do not worry if your tooth lacks adequate support. Your dentist will use threaded pins to hold up the composite filling, building the tooth core. If structuring the core is necessary, add about 30 more minutes to the process, i.e., around 90 minutes in total. Following this process, they will take a 3D scan of your mouth.

Traditional Crowns (1-2 Weeks) vs. Same-day Crowns (1 Hour)

Your dentist may offer same-day dental crowns, which are also called CEREC (CERamic REConstruction) if they have equipment in-office to make your crown that very day as your initial preparation appointment.

There is not much difference; just like traditional ones, expect these same-day dental crowns to mimic your real teeth in all aspects (shape, color, and size). The process to design and place a same-day crown can take as long as 1 hour (60 minutes).

However, if you choose a traditional crown, your tooth’s 3D scan will be sent to a lab to create it. This entire process of preparing a dental crown can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks. But do not worry; your dentist will fix you up with a temporary crown during this waiting period to protect the remaining tooth.

How Long Does Adding A Permanent Crown Take?

Your dentist will start the entire process by using a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and its surrounding area. They may need to make some minor adjustments to make it safe for your tooth to receive the crown for a good fit. Then, they will place the crown over your prepared tooth, which will take no longer than 20-30 minutes.

Closing Note

Depending on your dental crown procedure, expect it to take as long as 1-2 hours. The process is relatively painless, and you won’t feel a thing! In case of more questions or queries, you can always get in touch with Dr. Ahmad Junaid Akram, DMD, at Lonestar Dental Center to help you. Let our team take the lead and guide you toward the best possible care. Connect with us via call at (281) 233-0333 for more information on this matter.

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