A crown acts as a cap for your tooth to protect it from breaking. It aids in distributing biting forces evenly across the entire tooth providing strength and support to areas of the tooth that are more fragile.
We offer same day crowns for patient convenience. If you elect an in-office crown, you can expect to skip the traditional impression and temporary crown, and leave with your final crown in a single appointment. Traditionally, crowns are done in two appointments (or more if your temporary crown breaks or comes off). If you are getting a crown on a molar, you can expect about a 2-hour appointment. All other crowns will usually take 1.5-2 hours.
Similarly to dental fillings, there is no waiting period before you can go about your normal routine. You can eat and chew on your crown as before. Without strict home care, it is possible to get a cavity around your new crown. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist, can help to prevent new cavities from forming. Treating these cavities will require a new crown. Crowns can last years and maybe even a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.