What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown or cap is a permanent dental restoration procedure that completely covers or “caps” a tooth like a shell. A crown is used to restore the anatomy, function and aesthetics of a tooth. Generally, crowns are recommended to reinforce and protect teeth that have root canals, large fillings or to fix teeth that have been broken, malformed or heavily stained.
There are different types of crowns can be fabricated from porcelain, various metals (e.g. gold), or a combination of porcelain fused to metal, depending on the situation and location of the tooth/teeth.
Crowns involve two dental appointments. The first appointment involves the removal of a small amount of tooth structure equal to the amount of material in the crown, followed by taking a mould or impression of the remaining structure, which is used by our dental laboratory to create the crown. The second appointment, two weeks later, is when the crown is permanently cemented in place.