Do you have a tooth that is cracked or decayed? Do you ever wonder how your dentist might repair it, or why they may recommend covering your tooth with a crown instead of simply giving you a filling? Today, to answer these questions and help you know what to expect, we’re happy to discuss the benefits of crowns and fillings.
Choosing a filling is almost always the cheaper short-term option. Furthermore, with a dental filling, you can select different materials to match unique needs. Typically though, a dentist will choose a filling to repair minor damage or decay, such as teeth that have been damaged from grinding or nail biting or for filling a cavity.
However, if your tooth has little structure remaining, your dentist will probably choose a crown to strengthen the tooth. For example, if a filling falls out or breaks, your dentist will probably recommend placing a crown rather than using a new filling. Similarly, if you would require a large filling—something that would fill about half of your tooth—a crown will probably be your best option.
Similarly, while both a filling and a crown will restore your ability to speak and chew comfortably, a crown should give you more stability for a longer time. This is important because many insurance companies will not cover a filling or a crown for a tooth that has had a filling within the last two years. This means that even if you are striving to save time and money by having a filling, you could actually spend more.
Of course, we recommend visiting a dentist for specific advice. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us today. We are excited to hear from you.