Crown and bridgework are indirect restorations i.e the laboratory technician is involved in the process to produce a custom made, well fitted restoration specific to each patient’s tooth. Hence indirect restorations generally require two or more visits. Please bear this in mind if you are short of time and are planning to have work done possibly involving the laboratory.
- During the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth and makes an impression of the area to be restored. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which creates the dental restoration and a provisional crown/bridge is fabricated.
- At the next appointment, the dentist cements the restoration onto the prepared cavity and adjusts it as needed.
In large cases where we are significantly altering the appearance or occlusion (bite) there will be additional stages of try-ins and provisional restorations.