Crowns are intended to restore lost tooth structure and provide protection against further damage. In human dentistry, crown protection is common following root canal procedures and is geared toward providing a greater seal to the root canal, providing protection to the tooth, and in many instances, esthetically reproducing lost tooth. In veterinary dentistry, esthetic considerations are typically less of a concern and crowns are primarily responsible for protection of the remaining tooth. Tooth preparation with respect to preservation of existing tooth substance, maximization of surface area for crown cementation, and comfortable occlusion (when the crown is in place) are a few of the considerations when providing restorations to veterinary patients. Teeth that are commonly broken and protected with crowns include the canine teeth and the upper 4th premolar.
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