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Who needs a crown?
If you have a large cavity that’s too big for a filling, it may be time for a crown.
You may also need a crown if your tooth is:
severely worn down
Crowns are also recommended following a root canal on a tooth, because the tooth is more fragile and needs protection.
You may be a candidate for a crown if you’re missing a tooth, and the dentist needs to put in a dental bridge or a tooth implant.
• Multi-day procedure with a temporary crown.
With a traditional crown, you will need to visit your dentist’s office twice. The dentist examines and prepares the tooth that needs the crown. This might involve taking X-rays of the tooth. They also may take a mold of your tooth or mouth beforehand. Your dentist will file down and remove part of the outer layer of the tooth. An impression will be made of your trimmed tooth and the surrounding teeth. The dentist will put a temporary crown over your tooth to protect it. They send the impression to a lab that makes the crown. This step may take 2- 3 days. When the crown comes in, you’ll return for the second visit, so your dentist can cement the crown to your tooth.