If you’ve ever visited a dentist for any tooth restoration, you may have been given the choice between a dental crown or a large filling. But how do you choose between the two?
The answer is more complicated than simply choosing the cheapest option. There are many factors to consider. While both fillings and crowns are used to fill cavities, they are not interchangeable. Crossroads Family Dentistry will break down the two options and examine when it is best to choose either procedure.
Dental fillings work by sealing cracks or cavities with a substance that hardens and prevents further damage. The most common materials used are porcelain, silver amalgam and composite resin. Fillings require minimally-invasive drilling to prepare the tooth and remove residual decay. Once the cavity is filled it will stop the progression of tooth decay. When properly maintained, fillings can last over a decade.
Fillings are most effective with smaller cracks and cavities. Drilling is minimal, only opening enough space for the filling to be placed. The material used to fill the cavity prevents further decay and does not disturb the rest of the tooth. The procedure is minimally invasive and overall tooth integrity is left intact.
Fillings do not encase the tooth and therefore only protect the affected area of the cavity or crack. If there is larger damage, fillings can remove decay and fill the cavity but may still leave the tooth susceptible to fracture. Fractures can lead to further tooth loss, the nerve possibly dying (requiring a root canal) or even worse, an extraction.
Dental crowns are better suited for teeth with larger decay or cavities, teeth that have received root canal therapy or teeth with cracked tooth syndrome. When there are small fillings with signs of wear and tear, or the tooth cracking, crowns will also be recommended. During the procedure, the damaged tooth is prepared for the crown and built up if there is missing tooth structure. The crown is then created to precisely match the shape and color of your natural teeth.
Crowns help protect the tooth from further damage and decay. They extend the life of teeth that would otherwise be susceptible to further decay and fracturing, which could lead to tooth loss. We offer same day CEREC crowns as well as crowns made in cutting-edge dental laboratories to give you the best treatment possible. At Crossroads Family Dentistry a precisely made crown can be a great investment to maintaining your smile and optimal function for years to come.
Your best choice is an informed choice.
If you have cavities or tooth damage, understanding all your options is important. When considering different procedures, there are certain factors that should be discussed with your dentist. These are:
- The severity of decay in your teeth.
- The protection required to sustain your tooth long-term.
- The durability of the solution.
- Your budget for the procedure.
- Your current oral health.
When it comes to oral hygiene, it’s better to get it right the first time. Fillings and crowns fulfill different roles for repairing damaged teeth. If you’re unsure which procedure is best, schedule a consultation with a dentist immediately.
Damaged Tooth? Come to Crossroads Family Dentistry for Your Next Dental Crown!
At Crossroads Family Dentistry, Dr. Faulconer, Dr. Dais, and Dr. Underwood are specialists in cosmetic tooth restoration and comprehensive dental care.
With our expertise in modern, minimally-invasive dental crowns and simple fillings, Crossroads Family Dentistry is the best place to have your teeth repaired in Oklahoma City. Our dentists will closely examine your damaged tooth before explaining your situation and suggesting a solution. Whether it’s a filling, crown or replacing teeth with dental implants, our team will work with you to protect your smile.
Don’t risk further complications. Choose the best family dental practice in Oklahoma City. We’ll take great care of you and your teeth, and our satisfied patients speak for themselves!
Call us for an appointment today at (405) 631-0322, or visit our office at 8101 S Walker, Ste D, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73139.