Crowns & Caps

What is a crown or cap?

A crown or cap is a cover that fits over a prepared tooth that has been damaged by decay or accident, or is badly stained or misshapen. A crown can be made of plastic, porcelain, metal, or a combination of these.

How is a crown or cap made?

Usually the area around the tooth to be prepared is frozen. The tooth is trimmed so that the cap can fit over it. An impression is then taken of your mouth and a temporary cap is fitted until the permanent one is made. On the next visit the temporary cap is removed and the permanent one is cemented.

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