Restoring a tooth can mean a variety of things. If it has a minor chip in it, then it might be fixed with minimally invasive tooth bonding or a porcelain veneer. However, if the tooth is fractured or broken, or suffers more severe structural damage, then a dental crown may be the most appropriate restoration for it. A dental crown is a custom restoration designed to repair a tooth’s structure and restore its proper function, whether that means completely capping the tooth or just reinforcing a specific portion of it.
What Are Partial and Full Crowns?
Full dental crowns are what most people envision when they think of a dental crown. They’re designed to mimic the entire top portion (called the crown) of a tooth, and are bonded over the tooth, capping it entirely. By contrast, a partial crown is a smaller, more precise restoration that addresses damage to a specific area of the tooth, rather than all of it. Custom and full partial crowns are often made from highly lifelike materials such as porcelain or zirconia, though we may suggest metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns for certain situations.
The Benefits of Custom Restoration
- Improved health for your tooth – Restoring your tooth as soon as possible is the best way to improve its health and integrity. With our in-house dental lab, we can craft and place your partial or full dental crown faster for improved results.
- Maximum tooth preservation – The ability to craft a partial crown helps us avoid the need to prepare a tooth for a full crown if it isn’t entirely necessary. This means we can preserve more of your healthy, natural tooth structure while restoring it.
- Better overall bite function – Restoring your tooth with a custom crown not only fixes the damage, but also reestablishes its ability to function properly. You can bite and chew comfortably as your tooth can once again absorb the full pressure of your bite.
Learn More About Partial and Full Crowns
Today’s dental crowns can be made to partially or completely cap your tooth for optimal conservative tooth restoration. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.