Which Is Better: A Crown or A Filling?

When it comes down to it, a dental crown and a filling are both important restorations. What REALLY matters is what your tooth needs right now. Why might you need one restoration over the other? The experts at Dream Dentist explain.

What Fillings Are For

The goal of a filling is to clean out parts of a tooth that have been rotted by decay. The empty space is filled to prevent decay from getting in there and weakening your tooth even more. A filling is more conservative and cost-effective than a crown.

But what if fracture or decay is really advanced?

How Dental Crowns Work

A "crown" is the part of your tooth that shows above the gums. When the tooth is damaged by injury or advanced decay, the outer enamel shell may not be strong enough to protect the tooth.

A filling replaces only a small part of the tooth. A dental crown restoration protects the whole tooth by replacing almost the entire outer layer. This reinforces the tooth so that you can still use it.

What's Right for You

The only way to know what you need is to have a careful dental examination. Even if you don't feel any discomfort, an x-ray could reveal a serious problem. Taking early action can help you to avoid more costly treatment later on.

Quality Crowns and Fillings at Dream Dentist

Do you have a tooth that's bothering you? A cavity or fracture could be to blame. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sarah Thompson at Dream Dentist. We'll help you find relief and explain the restorative options that are best for you.

Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O'Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699