Fillings vs Crowns – Which One Do You Need?

Posted on July 24, 2018 by:

Schultz Family Dental, Newnan, GA

Fillings and crowns both function as restorative treatment options, to repair damaged teeth and prevent additional problems. They can also restore the normal function and appearance of your smile! The one that your dentist in Newnan will recommend usually depends on the severity of damage to the tooth. Here’s what the treatments can involve, and when your dentist might suggest one over the other.

When Are Fillings Used?

Fillings are primarily used to fill small cavities. Cavities occur when harmful plaque sits on the teeth for too long, causing tooth decay. If left untreated, the cavity can continue to grow, eventually leading to a root canal, or even tooth loss! If the cavity is small, fillings are used after the cavity has been removed to restore the tooth and to prevent further damage. At Schultz Family Dental, we use tooth-colored fillings, so no one will be able to tell you have one!

When Are Crowns Used?

Crowns are used to treat more severe tooth damage—such as large cavities, a crack, or broken cusp. A crown covers the top of the tooth to restore its strength, function, and appearance. A set of crowns, called a bridge, might also be used if you want to fill the gap created by a missing tooth. When treating a tooth for a crown, the damaged part of tooth structure will be removed and replaced, and an impression will be made of your tooth to ensure that the crown fits comfortably. The crown will also be made to look like your natural teeth, so you can smile confidently knowing no one will notice it!

Whether you need a filling or a crown, it’s important to see your dentist at the first sign of tooth damage. Your dentist can examine your teeth to make sure you get the restorative treatment you need to prevent further damage, and restore your tooth to its former glory. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Schultz, contact our office today!