If you’ve developed a cavity or have a cracked or damaged tooth, you should consult with your dentist about getting a dental crown or filling. Both can accomplish the same goals but achieve them through different methods. Understanding the differences between each treatment can help you choose which will work best for you. Discussing these options with your dentist is the most important part but knowing what differentiates the two before your appointment can help give you better insight between fillings and dental crowns.
Dental crowns involve your dentist reshaping your original tooth to be able to fit a new crown. Using CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), your dentist scans the reshaped tooth and the area around it. Your new crown is then crafted in-office, using the scans to accurately mold a crown that will fit and support your damaged tooth. This treatment restores both your tooth’s look and function. Dental crowns offer better durability as well as more longevity over fillings.
Fillings are a great way to fix a damaged tooth without replacing its natural structure. Your dentist uses a tooth-colored composite resin that is biocompatible and closely resembles the color and texture of your tooth. The filling is shaped and molded to match the contours of your tooth’s surface. This procedure can usually be done same day, is less invasive, and is generally a more affordable option over a dental crown. Conversely, fillings aren’t as long-lasting as crowns and can require more regular maintenance.
Restore Your Oral Health
Our dentists offer a number of services to restore your smile’s look as well as its function. Contact us at our local Sheridan, WY office at 307-429-2707.