Making the decision to get your tooth fixed is empowering. You’re probably already dreaming about what your new smile will look like and imagining how others will react. However, choosing how you have your tooth restored can be difficult. If you’re repairing a crack or cavity, you may be worrying specifically about whether to go with a crown or a filling. If so, here’s a quick guide that might help you make the decision.
What is a Dental Crown?
Crowns are restorations, usually made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two, that are meant to be fitted over your natural teeth. Because they’re made-to-order, you and your dentist have some level of control over the shape and color of your crown. Over the course of a few appointments, your dentist will X-ray your tooth, remove any decay, and then have a crown modeled to fit you. In a few weeks, you’ll return for your second appointment where they’ll apply your new restoration.
What is a Filling?
Fillings are restorations that involve applying a composite resin to an area of decay. This resin is designed specifically to be as durable as possible and match the natural color of your teeth. The dentist removes decayed tissue and primes the area for the procedure. They then apply the resin and shine a specialized light to cure it in place. The process is easy, painless, and usually completed in a single session.
Should I Get a Dental Crown or a Filling?
In general, fillings are great for “patching-up” problem teeth, while crowns are good for overhauls. Fillings are convenient but rely on the structural integrity of the natural tooth to stay in place. If your tooth has large cracks or another severe issue, a crown may very well be the way to go.
Ultimately, if you want to know for sure what the best solution for you would be, you should consult a professional. The important thing is that both procedures can produce great results. That means that no matter which you choose, you’ll end up with a smile you can be proud of.
About the Author
Dr. Susan Kutis is a restorative and cosmetic dentist who accepts nothing less than perfection in the clinical experience she provides. She can give you any service you need to get your smile looking perfect, from teeth whitening to veneers. Dr. Kutis only uses the highest quality materials in her restorations and is adept in sedation dentistry for people who are nervous about their appointment. If you have any questions about which restoration is best for you, she can be reached at her website, or by phone at (303) 973-1112.