Sometimes a tooth begins to break down to the point where a filling is just not going to hold up to the forces placed on it even with normal everyday use. This can happen after removing a large cavity, if a large filling has to be replaced, if a tooth is beginning to split, or often if a tooth needs root canal treatment. There are various options for materials for crowns, or “caps”, including tooth colored crowns, tooth colored crowns over a metal base or gold crowns. Dr. Rupert will make an impression of the tooth once it is ready for the crown and a laboratory will make the crown based on that impression. At that point, the tooth will be cemented or bonded over your tooth, providing needed strength to that tooth.