Your teeth can require crowns for various reasons like: fracture, decay, large and weak fillings, discoloration, esthetics's and root canals. A crown is placed over a tooth and therefore, a certain amount of the original tooth must be removed to provide space for the crown to restore the tooth to its proper size and shape.
Placement of a crown generally requires 2 appointments. During the first appointment, the tooth is shaved down to create the ideal space for the new crown. A mold is made of this prepared tooth and a plastic temporary crown is placed until the next appointment. Using the mold, a dental laboratory will fabricate the final crown to the proper size, shape and color. During the second appointment, the crown is fitted on the tooth, the color is verified and the bite is adjusted. Once these steps have been completed, the crown is cemented over the prepared tooth.