Fillings or Crowns: Which One is Best For You?

Fillings or Crowns: Which One is Best For You?

Have your teeth been looking worn down as of late? Or the dentist has just informed you of a cavity? If you’re on the edge between opting for a filling or a dental crown for that tooth, we’ll lay out a few determining factors on the table. Here’s what you need to know:

The Damage

First and foremost, you need to have a good idea of how much damage you’re dealing with. Is this a big crack or a lesser worrying worn down tooth? This matters because fillings are the go-to solution for smaller areas of decay whereas a crown patches your entire tooth.

Healthy enamel

Your enamel tends to wear down over time and the success of a filling depends solely on how much healthy enamel you have left! If filling in a tooth with very little enamel, it would likely fall apart while eating or chewing. Crowns, on the other hand, are more durable in nature.

Changing out old fillings

If taking an old filling out, this calls for re-prepping of the tooth. In the case of older amalgam fillings, we’re usually dealing with a lot of structural loss in this procedure and filling this might lead to breakage once pressure is placed on the tooth.

Previous root canal treatment

The usual procedure to follow with patients who’ve undergone root canal treatment is placing a crown over the tooth rather than opting for fillings.

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