Your dentist may recommend a dental crown or filling depending on the level of damage to your tooth. Our dentist and the American Dental Association recommend you have a teeth cleaning every 6 months, so we’re able to catch small cavities or cracks before they grow bigger. The longer you wait to seek dental care, the more likely you could need a dental crown to restore your tooth. Continue reading to learn the differences between dental crowns and fillings.
ABOUT DENTAL CROWNS
- Treats severe tooth decay or damage
- Covers and strengthens tooth
- Requires dental impressions
ABOUT TOOTH FILLINGS
- Treats minor tooth decay or damage
- Fills in tooth
- No dental impressions needed
The only way to cure tooth decay is to drill out the cavity before it spreads. If the cavity is too big for a filling, your dentist will recommend a porcelain crown to strengthen the tooth. Whether your dentist recommends a filling or crown will depend on the extent of tooth decay.
Once a cavity reaches a certain size, your dentist won’t be able to drill out the decayed tooth matter without compromising the structural integrity of your tooth. Thankfully, a dental crown covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line, restoring its natural strength. A ceramic or porcelain crown also matches the color of your natural tooth enamel so you can smile with confidence.
While crowns typically last longer than fillings, they do require your dentist to remove some of your tooth enamel. Your dentist will remove enough enamel so the dental crown fits over your tooth. Once tooth enamel is removed you can never get it back. However, you’re much better off with a dental crown if your tooth has been made fragile by a large cavity or repeated dental procedures. A tooth crown will last you for years to come.
Cavities are caused by untreated dental plaque. If the cavity is small enough, your dentist will recommend you get a filling. Unlike a crown, a cavity filling doesn’t require your dentist to remove tooth enamel. Instead, your dentist will only remove decayed tooth matter before filling the hole with composite resin or amalgam. Many of our patients appreciate that a tooth filling is less invasive than a crown.
Since composite fillings match the color of your natural enamel, we recommend them for teeth that show when you smile and talk. During the procedure, your dentist will remove as little tooth enamel as possible to restore your smile. If your teeth are too badly decayed or damaged, your dentist will recommend dental crowns.
If you are unsure whether you need a tooth filling or crown, call our dental office. Our dentist will be more than happy to examine your smile and determine the best treatment. The best way to maintain a healthy smile is to never ignore severe tooth pain. Dental pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.
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Our dental crown dentist in Waterford, MI, strives to provide you with the best possible care. To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule an appointment, give Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center a call at 248-681-8100.