Crowns are ceramic restorations made in a dental lab. They cover a tooth with significant damage, such as a deep cavity, fracture, or chip. When a filling isn’t sufficient to restore durability to a tooth, a crown may be the obvious option. Dr. DeFinnis may also recommend a partial crown, called an inlay or onlay.
For front teeth, ceramic crowns are tinted to blend with surrounding teeth. Back teeth, however, must endure harsher forces during chewing. Dr. DeFinnis may recommend a tooth-colored zirconia crown, a metal crown, or a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown to restore a damaged molar.
Another important factor to address is how or why your tooth became damaged in the first place. Often, a deteriorating filling may create the need for a crown. Sometimes, biting on a hard food can chip or fracture a tooth. However, if you need crowns because your teeth have worn down as a result of bruxism, Dr. DeFinnis will recommend correcting this problem to reduce the potential for future damage.
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