What is a crown?
Crown restorations cover and protect teeth that have been weakened by decay, prior restorations, or root canal therapy. Crowns can also be placed to change the bite or for cosmetic purposes. Crowns usually require two visits to complete treatment.
At the first visit, Dr. Tracy will reduce the size of the tooth. This makes room for the crown itself to fit on the remaining portion of the tooth, called the preparation. After the reduction is completed, an impression, or mold, of the preparation is made using a rubbery material.
A plastic temporary crown is held on the tooth with temporary cement while the crown is being custom made by a dental laboratory. The second visit involves gently removing this temporary crown and cementing the new custom-made, permanent crown in place.