The process of receiving a dental crown normally takes two visits to the dentist's office. The first visit is to examine the shape and prepare the tooth to construct a mold that will later be placed on your tooth. An X-ray is performed to examine if the tooth is in need of any other procedures to ensure your real tooth will not risk further injury. A root canal is sometimes necessary before placing crown onto your tooth to keep the pulp from being infected. Once all examination is concluded, a temporary crown is placed on the tooth till the permanent crown can be placed.
During the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown that was previously constructed in a dental lab will be placed onto your tooth. Your tooth may be filed down slightly so that the crown fits properly. If your tooth has already decayed to a point where a crown cannot be placed on top, a filling for the crown to fit properly will be required