When a tooth’s structure is compromised, the crown rebuilds the tooth to optimal shape and function. A crown can be metal, ceramic or ceramic covering metal. It typically requires multiple appointments to complete the process of getting a crown. At the first appointment, your doctor will take an impression or a mold, to help make a temporary crown for your tooth. Next, the tooth is prepared to make room for the crown. Your doctor will take another impression of the prepared tooth, and put in a temporary crown, while your final restoration is being expertly constructed by a dental laboratory. At a subsequent appointment, your doctor will remove the temporary crown and replace it with a final restoration. Once completed, your tooth is now restored to ideal shape and function.