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What to Expect During Your Dental Crown Exam

December 15, 2021
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Posted By: The Smile Shop
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A dental crown can correct several types of oral health issues. Whether you have dental decay or a dental implant, your dentist can provide you with a crown that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. 

At The Smile Shop, our dental crowns are custom-made to meet your specific needs so you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile. Many patients want to know about the details of the crown process and what to expect during the exam. 

Here's what you need to know. 

The Dental Crown Process 

Your dentist starts by reviewing your health history and discussing your needs and treatment options. The crown process typically takes two separate dental appointments, depending on the patient's needs. 

The First Crown Appointment 

The first appointment lasts between 50 to 90 minutes and involves the following:

  • Preparing and shaping the tooth for the crown 
  • Taking dental impressions to send to the lab for crown fabrication 
  • Placing a temporary crown until the final is complete

It can take about two weeks for the dental lab to complete the final crown. So in the meantime, we give you a temporary crown to wear so you can bite, chew, and speak with ease. Of course, a temporary crown isn't the same high quality as the final one, but it still looks, feels, and functions quite naturally. 

The Second Crown Appointment 

When the final crown is back from the lab, we evaluate its fit and appearance. We then cement the crown into place and make sure it looks attractive and natural. This appointment may take 30 minutes or so.

With each restoration, we ensure the crown complements the patient's appearance and looks indistinguishable from their surrounding natural teeth. In addition, we create each crown to match the shade, shape, and size of their teeth, creating a stunning and functional smile. 

Restore Your Smile with a Dental Crown 

Are you looking for a skilled dentist who creates custom dental crowns? Well, you've come to the right place! At The Smile Shop, we provide patients with realistic dental crowns in Durham, NC. Crowns preserve natural teeth that may have undergone damage from decay or trauma. They can also cover discolored or oddly shaped teeth to give a more uniform look. 

Please give us a call today to schedule your consultation at The Smile Shop!

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