As the name suggests, the primary role of restorative dentistry is to “bring back” the function (biting and chewing ability) of a tooth or teeth that have been damaged due to accident or disease as well as restore the look of the smile to a pleasing balanced appearance. Restorative dentistry normally occurs through the use of dental fillings, endodontics, inlays, onlays and dental crowns.
A dental crown is a relatively simple, and therefore popular restoration, that is used whenever the damage to a tooth is more extensive. A crown completely covers the tooth like a protective “shell” and is usually made of a natural looking and durable ceramic material which very well recreates the anatomy of the tooth. Crowns do require a permanent reduction in the size of the tooth, which means that the tooth involved will always have to be covered by a crown.