A crown is a full coverage restoration used to help restore a tooth that is severely damaged or decayed. It consists of gold, metal and/or tooth-colored porcelain made to match the rest of your teeth to give a natural appearance.
This procedure normally takes place over two visits. At your first visit, the tooth/teeth will be prepared, any present decay will be removed, and an impression will be taken. If necessary a Build-Up or Post & Core for added retention will be completed. The patient will then be sent home with a temporary restoration while the final crown is being fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the second visit, the temporary will be removed and the new crown will be tried. The crown’s margins and fit will be verified both clinically and radiographically. Once the bite is confirmed, the crown will be cemented to the surface of the tooth.
With proper hygiene and care, crowns can last a long time.