A crown is a cover or a "cap" that is put on a severely broken or decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. The purpose of the crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks. The procedure involves preparing the tooth and taking an impression to send to a dental laboratory. The laboratory fabricates the crown out of the type of material that is agreed upon by the patient. A temporary crown is worn while the permanent crown is being made. There are several options for the types of crowns fabricated, porcelain fused to gold, all ceramic material, or gold. Dr. Hongo will explain the advantages and disadvantages to each option. All of our crowns and laboratory procedures are sent to a lab located right here in Portland.