A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A tooth with very large fillings or cracks should have crowns to protect and strengthen the tooth.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include preparing the tooth for the crown and taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and shape the surface to properly fit the crown. Then your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, your tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.