Steven,

As your comment suggests you anticipate, yes crowns can be a very suitable way to accomplish both of the repairs you mention. Two points in particular should be brought up.

1) Your dentist can only lengthen your teeth to the degree your occlusion ("bite") now allows.

When you grind, all of your teeth (front, back, upper, lower) are typically worn to at least some degree. This changes both your bite (the way your teeth come together) and the way your jaw joint operates.

Due to these factors, your dentist may not be able to return your teeth to their full original length. You'll simply have to ask.

2) Even crowned teeth can have complications with tooth decay. Unless you bring your decay rate under control, crowns (which are expensive and time consuming to place) may not give you the service you expect.

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