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How are crowns different from fillings?

When you receive a treatment plan, the services listed can be a little confusing. Dental crowns, fillings, bonding, sealants, and veneers all have a different purpose in dentistry. But how do you decide which is appropriate for each condition? Here is a little about the difference between fillings and crowns. If you still have questions, just give us a call!

What Is a Filling?

When you have decay in your tooth, it is important to remove it so that it doesn’t continue to eat away at your tooth. Eventually, when decay reaches the nerve, it will feel painful and may require a root canal.

Once we remove the decay, it leaves a cavity in your tooth, exposing it to infection, food particles, bacteria, and more decay. We need to fill it in! This is when we will recommend a filling. Fillings come in different sizes – one surface, two surfaces, three surfaces, and even different fillings on the same tooth. If decay compromises the actual strength of your tooth, we need to take a different approach. This is when we recommend a dental crown.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A crown completely covers your tooth. This is a restoration that we recommend when your tooth needs support and stability. Our dental crowns are designed individually for a good fit. By opting for a dental crown to support a tooth that has deep decay, a crack, fracture, or after a root canal, we can actually extend the life of your tooth.

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