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A crown is placed on a tooth that is either at risk of fracturing, has fractured slightly, or has a cavity

that is too large to have a conservative filling placed.  During a crown procedure, the tooth is cut all

the way around the tooth and reduced in height.  After the tooth is cut, an impression is taken,

and a temporary crown is placed onto the tooth.  The permanent crown is custom made at a lab and cemented onto the tooth a couple of weeks later.  We use different types of materials for crowns.

A crown can be all gold, porcelain over a gold alloy, or all porcelain.  There are many different types

of new porcelains that vary in quality of aesthetics versus strength.