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What is a Dental Crown and what are they used for?

When the structure of a tooth is compromised or weakened because it has a big filling, a root canal treatment, or multiple fractures, a crown will protect the tooth much like a helmet protects our head.  It can be made in metal, porcelain, or zirconia.

Who can benefit from dental crowns?

Anyone with a tooth that is weak or severely broken down can benefit from a crown.

What is the procedure?

The procedure usually requires 2 appointments.  On the first appointment, we freeze the tooth, trim the tooth down to prepare it for the crown, and take records.  These records are sent to the lab for the fabrication of the crown.  We protect the prepared tooth with a temporary acrylic crown while we are waiting for the crown to come back from the lab.  This usually takes about 2 weeks.  On the second appointment, we numb the tooth again, remove the temporary crown, clean the tooth, and cement the final crown with dental cement.