Sometimes you need something stronger than a filling
You may find yourself in a position where the dentist recommends using a crown instead of a filling to restore your teeth back to health. While crowns are typically more expensive than fillings and they require a little more work, there are good reasons why your dentist would recommend one.
Here are a few reasons you might need a crown vs. a filling:
- Dental crowns extend the life of your tooth for years. If your tooth would require a very large filling, a crown is likely to provide more protection.
- Your tooth is seriously cracked and you experience discomfort every time you bite down. Unfortunately, tooth fractures do not heal on their own. Vertical cracks that reach down to the gums are especially problematic.
- You have an large filling that is causing your tooth to break. This situation makes the tooth ineligible for repair, requiring a crown to take the filling’s place.
- You require a filling that is more than 2/3 the size of the tooth, which can seriously compromise its strength against cracks. You do not want to be back at the office with another crack that requires immediate attention.
- A filling will not allow for the most aesthetically pleasing result. Sometimes, a filling is not the most cosmetic choice, and a crown more closely resembles a natural tooth.
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