If a tooth is still intact, but is severely damaged and needs to be completely covered, then a porcelain crown may be the best method to save the tooth. Dr. Reeves will make a mold of your teeth and the crown will be made in a dental lab. Dr. Reeves will then permanently affix the crown to your tooth with dental cement. The crown actually becomes the top layer of your tooth. It functions the same as any other tooth and no special care is needed.