A dental crown is a prosthetic protective covering aimed at improving the form and function of a damaged tooth .
They are made to cover the visible surface of the tooth. Providing with strength while also hiding defects like chips, cracks, and deep discolorations. Additionally they are used to protect the teeth that support a dental bridge.
Dental crowns are manufactured of durable materials with a custom fit and color to blend in with surrounding teeth, so they appear natural and comfortable. They are made of a variety of materials like porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, gold, zirconia and metal alloys.
A crown procedure usually takes from two to three visits but may vary depending on patients. The first visit is necessary for preparing the tooth or teeth for the crown. Preparation involves reshaping the tooth to make room for the crown. Then an impression will be made of the tooth and sent to a dental lab where the crown will be made from the highest-quality materials.
The crown is made in a period of approximately two weeks between appointments. A temporary crown is placed to protect the prepared tooth until the final crown is ready.
In the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed; the prepared tooth will be carefully cleaned, and the permanent crown will be put on the tooth surface using a very strong dental adhesive. Once in place, the crown will be shaped to ensure it fits comfortably.