What is a crown or cap?
A crown (or cap) is a cover that fits over a prepared tooth that has been damaged by decay or accident, or is badly stained or misshapen. A crown can be made of plastic, porcelain, metal or a combination of these.
How is a crown or cap made?
Usually the dentist will freeze the area around the tooth to be prepared. The dentist will then trim the tooth so that the cap can fit over it. We would then take an impression of your mouth and fit a temporary crown while the dental laboratory prepares the final crown. On your next visit we would remove the temporary cap and cement the final crown.