A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth-colored) is the most popular. Porcelain crowns are highly durable and made to last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. They are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a natural, long-lasting and beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns
What getting a crown involves
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be cast for a temporary crown, which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks while your new crown is being fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement, and your bite will be checked to ensure natural biting contact.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be given instructions on caring for your crown and encouraged to have it checked during your regular dental visits.