A crown is a cap that is placed over your tooth to help restore it to its normal size and shape. Its purpose is to make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. A crown is recommended if decay has consumed enough of the tooth that there is no longer a stable tooth structure remaining, and to protect weak teeth from fracturing. Other reasons include restoring fractured teeth, attaching a bridge and to cover a dental implant. Most of our crowns are made of tooth colored porcelain for a natural look.
Crowns typically require 2 visits. At the first visit, the tooth will be prepared. This involves cleaning out all the decay and taking an impression for the crown. A temporary crown will be placed at this visit and the impressions sent to a lab for custom fabrication. At the second visit (generally 3 weeks after the first visit) the permanent crown will be placed.