Crowns, also called caps, are hollow artificial teeth that are used to cover teeth that have suffered damage or decay. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic reasons by improving the look of stained, cracked, or otherwise blemished teeth.
To install a crown, your dentist must first file down your natural tooth to make room for it. If you are to be fitted with a temporary crown, your dentist will take an impression of your natural tooth before it’s filed and use this to create your custom crown. Next, the crown is installed. Once your dentist ensures the crown is sitting properly and that your bite is correct, they will cement it into place.
If you are fitted with a temporary crown, you must return for your follow up visit so your permanent crown can be installed. Temporary crowns are only made of restorative material (the same material used for fillings) and are not designed to withstand long-term wear and tear. A damaged or broken crown leaves your tooth vulnerable to infection.