An Inside Look at The Difference Between Dental Crowns and Fillings

October 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — nexusdental @ 7:12 pm
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Dental crowns and fillings have a lot in common. They are restorative dental treatments, they are custom-made for each patient, they are used to treat cavities – the list goes on! But what are the differences between dental crowns and fillings? To learn the answer, read on!

So, What’s the Difference Between a Dental Crown and a Filling?

In short, there are a few key differences between dental crowns and fillings. The first is the restorative process. While dental crowns are custom-made to fit directly over an existing tooth, fillings use composite resin to seamlessly restore the missing structure. As a result, fillings are more ideal for minor cases of decay and dental crowns are suitable for more severe cases, like when a tooth needs root canal therapy. Lastly, dental crowns can be used to anchor a dental bridge or be placed overtop a dental implant. As a result, they are extremely versatile.

How to Find Out Which One Is Right for You

The decision on whether a filling or dental crown is right for you will be determined by you and your dentist. During your initial appointment, they will conduct a visual exam and take X-rays (if needed) to check if there is any damage and assess the severity if there is. Next, they will share their findings with you and discuss your treatment options. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you have during this time. That way, you can take the next step in your treatment plan with full confidence.

7 Tips for Keeping Your Smile in Pristine Condition

Whether you get a filling or a dental crown, it’s of the utmost importance that you do your best to keep it (and your teeth!) in pristine condition. That way, you can avoid the need for a replacement while preventing other cavities from developing. With this in mind, make sure to:

  • Visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning biannually
  • Brush for two full minutes at least twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Rinse with mouthwash regularly
  • Don’t eat added sugar in excess
  • Quit unhealthy dental habits, like smoking
  • Exercise caution when eating hard, sticky, and chewy foods

Now you know a little bit more about dental crowns and fillings as well as how they are different! If you would like to learn more about your restorative dentistry options, don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist.

About the Author

Dr. Niki Jayswa’s journey to becoming the exceptional dentist she is today began at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, where she graduated with honors. Since then, she has completed continuing education on a wide range of topics, including Invisalign, implant dentistry, and veneers. If that wasn’t impressive enough, she’s also an active member of the American Dental Association and several other professional organizations. If you have a question about dental crowns or fillings or you’d simply like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (972) 436-4242.

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