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When a tooth is fractured, severely damaged by decay, or has a large old filing, a crown (also called a cap) is often placed. A crown strengthens the tooth, protects the remaining tooth structure and often improves appearance.
The location of the tooth, the way your teeth bite together, and your functional and esthetical needs as a patient are some of the factors used in deciding which type of crown is best for you.Crowns are made of metal, ceramic, combination of metal and ceramic, Zirconium or the combination of Zirconium and ceramic. On the first visit your dentist will prepare the tooth (remove decay, place any fillings needed and make room for the crown to be placed), then a precise impression of the tooth and your bite is taken. The impression is sent to a trustworthy lab and a crown is made based of of the models to fit precisely to that tooth. On the second visit, your dentist will ensure the fit and glue in the crown.