When a tooth’s structure is compromised, a crown rebuilds it. A crown is usually made of ceramic or a composite material. Getting a crown generally requires multiple appointments to complete. First, the tooth is prepared to make room for the crown. Sometimes when a tooth is severely damaged and there is not enough of the natural tooth remaining to support a crown, a procedure called a build up is performed using composite to add back enough structure so the tooth can be crowned and preserved.
Next, we will take an impression of the prepared tooth, and put on a temporary crown while a dental laboratory is making your final restoration. When the permanent crown is ready, your doctor will make final adjustments and cement it into place.