Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a tooth-shaped ceramic shell that provides a covering for your entire tooth. Fillings are made up of a tooth-colored plastic-like material and are bonded to a tooth to fix cavities or malformations.
Teeth can often be fixed by doing fillings, but if a tooth is too broken down or is fractured, a crown may be the best treatment option. Fillings can seal a tooth, but a crown both seals and protects teeth. This additional protection is an especially important benefit if your teeth are severely worn or in the case of a root canal procedure, which tends to leave teeth brittle and more susceptible to fracturing.
Dr. Williamson always recommends the most conservative treatment option available. Fillings are the most conservative, but they’re not always the best option. We use crowns to fix teeth where fillings would not be a good long-term solution or where patients are looking to improve esthetics.
If you think you may need a dental crown, please call Tidewater Dentistry. We will be happy to schedule a consultation with Dr. Williamson so he can evaluate your situation and recommend the best treatment option to fit your needs.