What is the process in having dental crowns?
1. An initial consulation and examination needs to be carried out in order that the dentist can get a feel for what you want and understand your needs and concerns. The dentist should explain the treatment procedure to you and give you an accurate guide to the estimate of your treatment.
2. When you are happy to proceed with the treatment an appointment is scheduled to prepare the teeth for crowns. The first stage is to numb the teeth and gums with a local anaesthetic so that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Before your crowns are designed by the dental laboratory, your dentist will need to reshape and prepare the surfaces of your teeth so that they can accommodate the crowns.
3. Next an impressin or mould of your teeth is taken and is sent to the dental laboratory.
4. While you're waiting for your crown's to be constructed, your dentist will fit temporary crowns to protect your prepared teeth.
5. On your second visit the dentist will fit your new crowns to your teeth with special dental cement and bonding agents. Before fitting them you will have an opportunity to have a look at them in your mouth to ensure you are happy with them.
How long can I expect my dental crowns to last for?
Porcelain crowns will typically last for about ten to fifteen years, while composite crowns last for only two or three years. Eventually your crowns will need to be replaced.
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