When the damage to a tooth is too great to be restored by a composite filling, a full crown is the restoration of choice to provide the maximum amount of strength to the remaining tooth structure. Crowns are commonly needed when a cusp or corner breaks off a tooth or when a tooth has biting pressure pain or visible fracture lines. Crowns are commonly referred to as “caps” as they fit over the entire tooth structure to protect and hold the tooth together. A crown can also be used to correct cosmetic problems or change the shape and color of a tooth, especially in the front of the mouth.
The field of dental materials is always evolving giving the dentist more options to treat varying situations utilizing gold, porcelain fused to gold, and all ceramic crowns. We will be sure to go over all of your options in deciding what materials you would like to use and each specific benefits or applications.