Crowns are restorations placed on teeth that require complete coverage either due to weakening of the tooth or due to complete structural breakdown. Crowns can be made entirely of porcelain (ceramic) or of a combination of metal and porcelain. All-porcelain crowns are usually made for the teeth that are most visible when you smile. Metal-porcelain crowns are usually made for posterior, or teeth toward the rear of your mouth. The entire procedure is done over three appointments.
On the first visit, we'll prepare the tooth to receive a crown, take an impression, then a temporary crown is placed on the prepared tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being fabricated. The temporary crown is made of a plastic material and is inserted on the tooth with a temporary cement.