A crown or cap encases a tooth in a material of porcelain, ceramic, or gold. The crown restores a tooth to its natural strength and full functionality. While some cavities can be treated with fillings, severely damaged or fragile teeth may require crowns. Indeed, crowns can replace a filling that has worn out. The crown strengthens the tooth and smoothes over imperfections to enhance one’s smile. In our practice, crowns can be applied in two appointments. In the first appointment, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed. An impression of the tooth is taken so the custom-made crown will fit over the dimensions of the tooth. A temporary crown is placed over the tooth between appointments. In the second appointment, the crown is removed and the permanent crown is applied permanently.