Sometimes a tooth requires a restoration fabricated in a dental lab such as a crown or a veneer. A crown is a full coverage restoration that is commonly used when a tooth is cracked or fractured, has a large cavity, protects a root canal or for esthetics. Veneers are not full coverage; rather they just cover the front of the tooth. They are generally used to cover discolored teeth, or to help close minor spaces between teeth. Our dentists can help you decide which restoration is best for you in any case.