When a tooth has been damaged, broken or decayed to the point where there is not enough tooth structure remaining to support a filling, a crown is recommended. A crown, or commonly referred as a "cap" encases the tooth in a strong protective material. The crown fits over top of the tooth and reinforces the underlying tooth structure by redirecting the chewing forces evenly towards the stronger parts of the tooth. And because the crown will cover the entire tooth, the function as well as the esthetics can be improved!
Once the completed crown has been made, Dr. Wong will try the new crown in to inspect the fit, bite, and aesthetics. Only when the crown has passed the inspection of Dr. Wong and by you is it cemented in to place.