Your dentist may recommend placing a crown, also called a crown, when a tooth is broken, has a lot of old fillings, or is severely damaged by decay. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve your smile. Types of crowns include all-ceramic crowns, fused-to-metal crowns, and all-metal crowns.
How Crowns Work
Installing a crown requires at least two visits to the dentist's office. Initially, a dentist removes cavities, prepares and shapes the teeth, and leaves an impression. The dentist then makes and installs a temporary or transitional crown made of plastic or metal. At the second visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown, installs and adjusts the final crown, and holds it in place.
Teeth Whitening with Crowns and Veneers
Your dentist will match the crown color to the color of your teeth. If you are considering whitening your teeth, you should discuss teeth whitening options with your dentist before getting a crown. Because bleaching products don't affect the color of the crown, it's important to whiten your natural teeth first so the dentist can match the crown color to your teeth color.