Fillings and crowns both restore the shape of your tooth and seal it to prevent the invasion of bacteria and decay. We recommend fillings for small areas of decay that can easily be sealed and strengthened without compromising the integrity of your tooth structure.
In cases of fractured teeth, deep decay, or significant damage, a filling may not be enough to protect your tooth in the long term. Dental crowns provide stability and absorb force from chewing. Because they enclose your entire tooth structure above the gum line, they help hold your tooth together.
Fillings, while useful for sealing your tooth to keep out decay, do not provide that added stability and may allow your tooth to split or fracture in the future. If you have a strong bite, a clenching or grinding habit, or you require root canal therapy, crown restorations can extend the life of your tooth and keep it from feeling sensitive.
Patients often wonder if the cost of a crown is worth it. Saving your natural teeth with quality restorative dentistry is the best way to protect your oral health. Tooth loss can lead to bone loss, which puts your entire smile in jeopardy and can have an aging effect on your facial structure.
If you have concerns about whether a dental crown is necessary, we will be happy to discuss your options with you so that you can make a good decision regarding your oral health.