When a tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, your dentist may recommend the placement of a crown, or cap. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown.
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to the dentist's office.
Initially, the Dentist:
- Removes decay and shapes the tooth.
- Makes an Impression.
- Makes and fits a temporary or transitional crown of plastic or metal.
In a subsequent visit, the dentist:
- Removes the temporary crown, fits and adjusts the final crown.
- Cements the crown into place.