A dental crown is a tooth shaped cover placed over the tooth to help restore/repair a tooth before further damage is done. Crowns can be used to reshape, resize, strengthen, and improve appearance of any tooth. A crown covers the entire visible part of tooth all the way to the gumline.
Once it is confirmed that a crown is the best option, the area will be numbed, and the tooth will be reshaped so the crown will fit over the tooth. An impression is made of the tooth, color is chosen to match the other teeth, and the impression is used to create the crown. A temporary crown (*see note) is put in place to keep the tooth safe. At the second visit, the temp is removed, and the tooth is checked over. The crown is tested to make sure it fits correctly. Once confirmed, the crown will be cemented to the tooth.
* Note: A temporary is not made to last. Care must be taken to keep it from breaking. If it breaks, your time and another office visit will be needed to replace it.
Source: Contributors, W.M.D.E. (2021) Dental crowns: Purpose, procedure, Complications, care, WebMD. WebMD. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns (Accessed: December 8, 2022).