Appointments for dental crowns
Usually requires at least 3 appointments:
- At the consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and talk to you about the procedure and take x-rays, photos and initial moulds of your teeth.
- The next appointment will be for the preparation of the tooth. A final set of impressions will be taken to be sent to the dental lab, the tooth shade-matched and a temporary crown placed.
- At the final appointment, the fit and aesthetics of the crown will be checked, and the dentist will check that you are happy with the appearance before cementing it in place.
Further appointments may be needed to review the crown and it will be checked at your regular dental check-ups.
How long does getting a crown take?
The preparation appointment will last approximately 60 mins, and the fitting appointment will usually last 30-45 mins. However, this depends on the complexity of the case.
You may be asked about
- Your dental and medical history
- Any pain or concerns you may have.
Before your appointment
No special preparation is needed for your dental crown appointment, just you and your smile!
After your appointment
Once your crowns have been fitted, avoid drinking hot liquids and hard foods for the first few hours. Your dentist will recommend the best post-procedure care to avoid any problems.
For temporary crowns,
- you can continue to brush your teeth as normal;
- avoid hard, chewy or sticky foods;
- try chewing most food on the opposite side of the mouth;
- avoid flossing next to the temporary crown.
If your temporary crown falls out or comes loose, contact your dentist to have it fixed as soon as possible.
Maintaining good oral hygiene will extend the life of your crowns. We recommend flossing daily, brushing twice daily and regularly visiting your dentist and hygienist.