Do You Need a Crown or a Filling? 3 Things to Know before You Decide
Dental crowns and fillings are both indispensable restorations that strengthen a damaged tooth by restoring its structure. But how do you know which is the right choice for you?
Fillings are perfect in instances when the damage to a tooth has not compromised its overall integrity. Your dentist typically recommends dental crowns in Alpharetta in the following cases:
1. The Tooth is Cracked
A cracked tooth requires a dental crown because, without its protection, the tooth can break irreparably or fracture beneath the gum line. If this occurs, your dentist needs to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or other prosthetic. A crown will strengthen the tooth and protect it from further breakage.
2. A Filling Takes Up More Than 2/3 of the Tooth
A very large filling is prone to fracturing and can cause your tooth to break. If your tooth is damaged or decayed to the extent that a filling would take up a significant part of the tooth, your dentist would recommend a dental crown to protect it.
3. You Have Had a Root Canal
After your dentist cleans out the infected material during a root canal, they seal the tooth and a temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth while it heals. But the temporary filling needs to be replaced with a dental crown because a root canaled tooth gets brittle over time, and a filling isn’t enough to protect its structure.
Contact Us to See if a Crown or Filling is Right for You
Dr. Kai Liang s an experienced dentist who has placed hundreds of high-quality, long-lasting dental crowns for our Alpharetta patients. If you have a problematic tooth and aren’t sure whether a filling or crown is the best choice for you, he would be happy to meet with you to explain the differences between them and why he recommends one over the other.
Please call us to arrange a consultation!