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Did you know that over 37 million teeth are cut for crowns every year? Dental crowns are by far the most popular indirect procedure even though they require drilling approximately 75% of the tooth away, turning the tooth into a small peg, compared with drilling only 35% of the tooth away for a supra-gingival procedure. The image below shows the comparison. Removing more than half of the tooth traumatizes the tooth and gum and also can cause irreversible damage to the nerve. The permanent damage to the tooth pulp leads to inflammation and pain which then leads to an increased risk that the tooth will require a root canal in the future.