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03 Mar 2014
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 lifetime restoration.

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.