A dental crown is often referred to as a cap. The dental crown fits over your entire tooth to cover every part of the tooth that is visible, to protect and stabilize the underlying tooth structure. Crowns become the treatment of choice when your teeth are badly broken down by fracture lines, decay, or large restorations that are failing. A crown not only protects the remaining tooth structure, but also restores the original appearance of your tooth. The procedure for making a dental crown for you is a two-step process. During the first appointment, we shape your tooth for the crown, and take impressions for the lab to fabricate a permanent crown out of porcelain or gold. After the impression is taken, we place a custom, temporary crown on for you, and cement it with temporary cement. When you return in a couple of weeks, we fit your permanent crown, and cement or bond it to the prepared tooth.