A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth - covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Getting a crown is a two office visit process.
- The first visit is to prepare, examine the tooth and have a temporary crown applied.
- The second visit is to receive the permanent crown.
A crown can be placed for a number of reasons:
- Protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- Restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
- Cover a dental implant