A crown (also called a cap) is a man-made cover that protects the top of a tooth. It may be used to restore and preserve a decayed, broken, or cracked tooth. Crowns can also correct some cosmetic tooth problems, giving you a better smile. A crown is made of gold, other metals, or porcelain. It can also be made of resin, or porcelain and metal. When choosing a crown, think about how it will look and how long it will last.
Restoring your tooth with a crown may take 2 or 3 dental visits. Expect to wait 1 to 2 weeks between appointments. While the permanent crown is being designed and fabricated, a temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth.