How long will it take to complete my fixed replacement?
In our previous article we looked at the materials used to make crowns and bridges. The time needed to complete a replacement is always a very important consideration for obvious reasons. Obviously, each case is individual and it is not possible to give a specific time frame.
Generally, a fixed replacement takes one and a half to two weeks from the time of grinding. However, this is almost always preceded by preparatory treatments (filling, root canal treatment, tooth extraction). Even after the removal of teeth with a hopeless prognosis and root canal treatment, it is advisable to wait at least 3-4 weeks before starting to make crowns and bridges. When the teeth are completely free of complaints and the tooth extraction site has healed as much as possible, we can start the first phase of grinding and taking impressions. This first session takes the most time and is done under local anesthesia. Then, based on the impressions, the dental technicians will prepare the framework for the restoration. After a quick try-in, if everything is found to be in order, the frame is returned to the dental technician with a wax bite and in the next session, patients can leave the practice with their new restoration. Each step takes 2-4 days depending on the capacity of the dental lab.
As I have said before, every case is individual and different. The exact timing depends on the patient, the dental technician and of course our doctors, and there may be unforeseen factors that extend the treatment, but I hope that this brief summary has given some guidance to our patients who are about to have a restoration done.