If the tooth is severely discolored or broken down, full porcelain coverage has been the standard method of treatment in the past both for the esthetic and strength characteristics. Functionally, ceramic porcelain crowns have a proven track record as well.

Composite resins, or bonding, have also been used for decades for conservatively restoring minor, moderate and even large defects. . This form of restoration preserves more of the tooth structure and with the newest materials, and time taken by the dentist; the final esthetic result can rival that of porcelain veneers.

As is the case with most dental procedures a comprehensive exam and discussion with your dentist is the key to understanding what the best option is for your particular situation.