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A crown is a permanent covering, which fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials, such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance although it is often less durable.

The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves:

  1. Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
  2. Reconstructing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
  3. Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes one to two weeks).
  4. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the permanent custom-made crown is being created.
  5. Applying the permanent crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto the tooth.
  6. Cementing the permanent crown into place after ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit..

This process generally consists of a minimum of two to three visits over a three to four week period.

Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns which can help in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.