Porcelain crowns, also called caps, are natural-looking covers that are applied over damaged teeth to conceal imperfections such as breaks, fractures, or stains. Porcelain crowns add strength and durability while improving the appearance of damaged or misaligned teeth.
To apply a porcelain crown, the damaged tooth is prepared so the crown can fit easily and comfortably over it. An impression of your teeth and gums is made and you are fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is fabricated.
Once your permanent porcelain crown is ready, it is cemented into place. To ensure you receive the look you desire, a temporary cement usually used so you can approve the crown result before it is permanently secured into place.
There are several reasons why a tooth may require a porcelain crown, including: decay, discoloration, root canal, and bridges.