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 a 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, the all-metal crown and the metal free 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 traditional 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