The Crown Placement Process
Receiving a crown is typically split into two appointments. During the first, Dr. Ip will prepare your tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel to ensure that your crown fits comfortably into your smile. Once your tooth is ready, we will take digital impressions with advanced CEREC technology. These impressions are then sent to a trusted dental laboratory, where they are used as the basis for your customized crown. In most cases, the crown is completed and returned to the office in about one to two weeks. We may fit you with a temporary crown during this time to protect your prepared tooth.
If you have a tooth weakened by decay, damage, or teeth grinding, a dental crown can restore the strength of your smile.
Once your crown is ready, Dr. Ip will remove the temporary restoration. He will check the fit and feel of the permanent crown and make any minor adjustments before bonding it in place.
Maintaining Your Crown
With proper care, a crown can last ten years or more. Patients should make sure to brush their teeth at least twice a day and adjust their flossing technique around the crown to avoid dislodging it. We also recommend rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash once a day. You should also visit our office regularly for a biannual cleaning so we can monitor your crown and assess the health of the remaining tooth under the restoration.