A dental crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged, or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a combination of materials and act as a substitute for the entire tooth.
Making a crown consists of removing decay around the tooth and creating the cover through a mold and fitting process. This process generally consists of a minimum of 2 or 3 visits over a 3 or 4 week period.
Once a crown is completed, proper dental hygiene is important to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. With proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.