The partial crown is the indirect restoration with probably the greatest variability in shape and size, especially in all ceramics. While the metal partial crowns had a clear identification or even a circumferential chamber of the crown at least around the load-bearing cusp, the ceramic partial crowns only consider the criteria that the chewing load-bearing areas are restored as identification. And this is a large area. All shapes and sizes just after the inlay up to the 7/8 crown fall into the category partial crown. Even veneers that do not follow the classical rigid cavity preparation rules are classed as so called partial crowns. In principle the ceramic puzzle pieces to replace destroyed hard tissue is probably the best definition for the patient, as the discussion about the classification is predominantly of scientific importance.
Partial dental crown