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Crown – Provisional Crown - Dental Procedure Code Description

The term crown describes the portion of your tooth that extends above the gumline - in other words, the portion of the tooth that can be seen in a healthy mouth. 

It is also used more colloquially to describe the dental procedure of having a prosthetic crown placed over a decayed, chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged tooth.
The use of this dental procedure code applies when the temporary crown placed on a tooth is provisional, meaning it temporarily stays in place as a placeholder until the final prosthetic crown can be placed.

A provisional crown is different than a temporary crown, however. A temporary crown is used for aesthetic purposes to cover a restoration in process while a lab creates the final version of a crown. Provisional crowns are more durable and can be in place for up to six months.

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