Installing a dental crown typically takes two dentist visits about two weeks apart. During your first visit, your dentist will carefully examine the damaged tooth to see if it can support a dental crown. He or she will then remove a small amount of enamel to prepare your tooth for the crown. If your tooth is severely damaged or broken, your dentist may first need to repair it and make it large enough to properly receive and support the new dental crown.
After your tooth reaches the proper shape and size, your dentist will take an impression of the damaged tooth and adjacent teeth, then send the impression to a dental lab where your permanent crown will be created. At the end of your first visit, you will have a temporary crown that protects your tooth until the final crown is finished and ready to be permanently placed.
During your second visit, when the permanent crown is ready, you will have your temporary removed and the new permanent dental crown installed. Your dentist will position and attach the new crown using a special permanent adhesive that is much stronger than the adhesive used on the temporary crown.
After your new dental crown is applied, it may take you some time to adjust before the permanent crown feels completely normal in your mouth. In a matter of a few days, your new dental crown should look, feel and function just like a regular tooth. If you have any questions or concerns about your new dental crown after your procedure, talk to your dentist.