A dental crown may not make you feel like royalty, but it is one of the premiere treatments for teeth with extensive decay or damage. Crowns can also be used to cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth and to help stabilize root canal treated teeth. Made of either porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or gold, dental crowns are placed during a multi-step process and sometimes require more than one dental visit. The first step is the planning and preparation of the teeth, followed by a dental impression. A temporary crown is then placed to protect the tooth while the impression is sent to an offsite laboratory for the fabrication of the custom-made final restoration.