A crown is a dental restoration that covers the entire tooth that is
exposed above the gumline. Enamel is the natural covering for the tooth.
It is hard and durable, but over the years, it can become weakened by
decay, fractures, old fillings and wear. Enamel, as a protective coating
over the tooth, is only a few millimeters thick, so when it is
compromised the underlying dentin is exposed to breakdown.
Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a
dental crown, in effect, becomes the tooth's new outer surface and is an
excellent way to rebuild a tooth that is weakened. Since a crown is
like getting a brand-new tooth, crowns can be an excellent way to
rebuild a person's bite and at the same time, idealize tooth shape and
color. Crowns can be used to rebuild front or back teeth and usually use
porcelain to make them look like natural teeth.
Dr. Anderson has received extensive training in rebuilding teeth using a
variety of restorations, but crowns offer some structural advantages
over other techniques. When crowns are well-done, they are often a
Dr. Anderson has also been an innovator in the area of full mouth
reconstruction, often using crowns to reverse the effects of broken down
teeth. Over the years, he has introduced several new techniques to
improve the longevity and success of dental crown restorations.