A crown is a covering which encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens the tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings and other types of restorations.
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. The first appointment will include taking several highly accurate 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 prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, 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, the tooth will be cleaned and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.