A crown restores the tooth’s shape, function, aesthetics and strength
Crowns are commonly suggested when teeth are broken, worn, damaged by decay or have been root canaled. A crown restores the tooth’s shape, function, aesthetics and strength and can be fabricated from porcelain, metal or a combination of both.
Crowns are commonly referred to as “caps” and cover the entire tooth. Full or ¾ crowns are especially useful when a tooth no longer has the strength to hold just a filling. Unlike fillings which are applied directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated in a laboratory. Your crown is then custom – made for your tooth.
Onlays and ¾ Crowns
When a tooth requires a filling because of decay, fracture, chipping and cracks a ¾ crown or onlay may be your best long term option. Once there is a large amount of filling and less natural tooth structure and the risk of either the filling or tooth fracturing or breaking, it will be mentioned that a crown, ¾ crown or onlay will be your best option to protect the tooth and its function. When ¾ crowns or onlays are options, we are able to retain as much natural tooth structure as possible. Similar to crowns, onlays can be fabricated from the same material options. Proper oral hygiene is essential to keep them healthy and happy.