Crowns completely cover the entire tooth which help to restore the function of the tooth.  Crowns are used when a tooth has very little tooth structure left due to dental disease or trauma and it is at risk for further fracture due to its weakened condition.  If a tooth has a fracture line it can be painful or painless.  Fractures get bigger and bigger every time you chew on your teeth.  Eventually the fracture gets big enough where one of three things happen:

1.  The tooth fractures above the gum line and a crown can be used to restore the tooth back to normal function. – Least expensive

2.  The tooth fractures into the nerve chamber which requires a root canal before placing a crown on the tooth to restore function. – More expensive

3.  The fracture is below the gum line which necessitates extraction of the tooth.  The tooth can then be restored to function by either a dental implant, bridge, or removable partial denture. – Most expensive

We believe it is important to take care of fracture lines and teeth before they become big problems like root canals, bridges, and dental implants.