Sometimes teeth break and chip, or large dental restorations start to wear out around the edges and bacteria leak around the filling. When this happens, sometimes we can fix the teeth with a new filling but when it is a larger break, or a large existing filling that requires replacement, we then look at restorations with porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns offer improved structure and strength for teeth that would otherwise require larger fillings that would break more easily. Crowns offer several advantages as a restorative material as they are stronger and able to better match the natural esthetics of your teeth. Our dentists ensure that the crown fits intimately to your tooth to ensure the remaining tooth structure remains intact. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns about existing fillings or crowns in your mouth.