A dental crown is one of the premier treatments for teeth with extensive decay or damage. Crowns are also used to cover a tooth after a root canal.
Made of porcelain fused to metal, zirconia, ceramic, or gold, crowns are fabricated and placed in a multi-step process that frequently requires more than one dental visit. At your first visit, your tooth is prepared for the crown by being reduced in size and an impression is made. A temporary crown is placed to protect your tooth while a dental laboratory custom creates your final crown. The final crown is placed at a second appointment. With good oral hygiene and maintenance, a dental crown can last 15 years. Thanks to advances in dental materials and technology, today's tooth colored crowns blend in with your natural teeth and are extremely durable. Metal crowns are still offered and may be appropriate or desired for some cases.