A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an tooth that is either decayed, damaged, or cracked.
Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance.
1. Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
2. Sculpting the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown. At this time a core buildup may also be completed.
3. Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes two to three weeks).
4. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the permanent custom-made crown is being created.
5. Applying the permanent crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto the tooth.
6. After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place.