When a tooth is broken and is beyond repair with a filling, a crown (or cap) is often the chosen restoration. Crowns strengthen and restore the remaining tooth structure and improve the appearance of teeth.
It typically takes two dental visits to have a crown placed. During your first visit, the tooth to be capped is prepared for the crown by reducing it in size. Your dentist then takes an impression of your tooth and will use that to create a perfectly fitting crown. A temporary crown is placed to keep your tooth protected and you comfortable while your permanent crown is fabricated. On your second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown will be fitted over your tooth and bonded or cemented in place.
Newer technology, such as computer-designed crowns, are now very popular in dentistry. The biggest benefit of this is that a crown can be prepared and cemented in one visit.