If a tooth has been badly broken or very heavily filled, it may be advisable to crown the tooth. A crown is the most long lasting, durable, and natural looking solution. A crown also ensures that the patient can chew confidently again, no longer worried about a weak tooth disintegrating. To crown a tooth, it is necessary to shape the tooth very precisely, and the crown is then cemented in place so that it encompasses the remaining tooth/filling preventing the tooth from breaking any further. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the various crown options and help you decide on the most cost effective and clinically effective solution to any dental problems you may have.