Is A Dental Crown Better Than A Filling?

When New York City patients experience tooth decay, Dr. Marianna Farber at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry may suggest a crown or a filling. Understanding the differences between a crown vs. filling is important when making the most informed decision for your oral health. Dr. Farber can provide her professional opinion about which choice is the ideal dental treatment after a thorough dental exam.

Understanding fillings

Fillings are used in order to restore teeth that have smaller amounts of damage. With fillings, Dr. Farber first removes the decayed part of the tooth. Next, she cleans the tooth being treated and fills it with a composite resin that is the color of your natural teeth. When these spaces are closed off, the filling prevents bacteria from entering the tooth and causing further decay. At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, the tooth-colored fillings we provide are more attractive than amalgam fillings containing various types of metal, as well as better for your health.

About dental crowns

A dental crown is a porcelain cap that fits directly over your existing tooth. A crown is often used when a tooth has severe decay, and it will protect the affected tooth from further damage and keep the bite intact. They are sometimes used with bridges in order to fill gaps between teeth. Crowns can also restore broken teeth, support large fillings, and protect weak teeth. One significant difference between crowns and fillings is that with a crown, no material is removed, as the crown is placed directly over the existing tooth.

During the crown process, Dr. Farber will administer some type of anesthetic. After the treatment area is numb, we will prepare the tooth by removing any decayed or damaged structure, which can later be built up if needed to match the height of the teeth surrounding it. Impressions are taken to customize the crown restoration. The dental laboratory will color-match the materials so the crown blends in perfectly with your existing teeth. A temporary crown is put in place until the permanent crown is ready, at which time the final crown will be permanently cemented in place.

Reasons for a crown

A porcelain crown is beneficial for various oral health situations, including:

  • Restoring a broken or worn-down tooth

  • Protecting a weak tooth from breaking or cracking

  • Covering a discolored or misshapen tooth

  • Protecting a weak tooth with a large filling

  • Making a cosmetic improvement

Is a crown permanent?

A porcelain crown is not always permanent, but with proper care, it can last a long time. In order for a crown to be durable, it’s important that it is properly fitted, as any bacteria buildup can cause tooth decay. The goal of a crown is to protect the tooth, so Dr. Farber will take great care to ensure that your crown fits properly to ensure optimal oral health. An efficient and regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing will provide longevity for your crown so it lasts as long as 10 –15 years.

Differences between crown vs. fillings

One of the biggest differences of crowns vs. fillings is that a crown is a much better option for protecting a tooth. A crown can strengthen a tooth because it acts as a reinforcement, due to encasing the entire tooth. In other words, a crown is somewhat of a splint that holds the tooth together. This means a crown can withstand force without risk of damage, and dental fillings don’t provide the same amount of protection.

When is a filling the best treatment option?

Patients who only need a minor improvement to a tooth will benefit from a filling, which can bond the tooth and enhance its appearance. Fillings are ideal for patients looking to maintain as much of their natural tooth structure as possible. Fillings can typically seal the tooth more efficiently than other oral health solutions.

Learn about whether crowns vs. fillings are the best option for you

Dr. Marianna Farber at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry is committed to helping her patients receive the best treatment options for their individual oral health situation. She provides comprehensive dental examinations that can detect dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Farber provides a variety of restorative dentistry procedures such as crowns and fillings that can improve the look and health of your smile. Call us today to schedule a consultation at our New York City, NY office.

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