Dental Crown Vs. Filling - Which One is Right for You

Edmonton dentists use both dental crowns and dental fillings to restore teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay or that are otherwise weakened and fractured. Though either can be used to restore a tooth, there are some situations when one is a better choice than the other. At Westmount Dental Centre, we offer crowns and fillings among our comprehensive general dentistry services. Let's take a look at when your Edmonton family dentist may decide that a filling or a crown is a better option for you.


When a Filling is a Better Option

Your Edmonton dentist will typically recommend a filling for cases of mild tooth decay. A filling is bonded to the tooth and essentially fills up and replaces the damaged structure, restoring the tooth's shape and function. While fillings used to be largely made out of metal, today's fillings are typically made out of tooth-coloured material and are nearly unnoticeable when you speak and smile.

Fillings are the safest and most conservative option when the decayed area on a tooth is relatively small or when a tooth requires only minor repairs. Because fillings don't really add to the structural integrity of the tooth, they are used only in cases where the rest of the tooth is still strong and in good shape. Visiting your Edmonton family dentist at the first sign of trouble will allow them to place a filling quickly enough to keep the decay or damage from getting worse.

When a Dental Crown is a Better Option

Unlike a filling, a crown does add to the structural integrity of a tooth. It is a prosthetic device which essentially holds the tooth together. Whereas a filling replaces a damaged area on a tooth, a crown encases the top and sides of the tooth like a cap and is cemented in place, providing a rigid splint that reinforces the tooth shape. The tooth can then withstand greater chewing forces than it would be able to withstand without the crown. A filling can actually cause a badly damaged tooth to become more susceptible to fracturing under chewing pressures.

Your West Edmonton dentist will recommend a crown rather than a filling if your tooth is cracked, badly decayed or previously treated with a root canal. A cracked and badly decayed tooth will not heal, but a crown can prevent it from further breaking down, extending its life. Many patients also choose crowns for their cosmetic benefits. Because a crown encases the entire tooth, it can correct the appearance of a tooth that is misshapen or discoloured. Your dentist will match the crown to the shape, size, and colour of the surrounding teeth.

Have Some More Questions? Ask Your West Edmonton Dentist

At Westmount Dental Centre, our Edmonton dentists will be happy to sit down with you and further discuss the different pros, cons, and uses for fillings and crowns. You can also ask about our other restorative and cosmetic dental services in Edmonton. We'll help you make the best choice for your needs.

To schedule an appointment with Westmount Dental Centre, contact us today.

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