Anyone who has spent a lot of time sat in a dental chair has probably encountered the following situation. So you have a tooth cavity or a tooth that is broken? Once the dentist has examined the tooth he or she tells you they can repair it, but should they place a large filling in the tooth or should they make a dental crown?
The dentist has offered two treatments can both effectively remedy the problem. Dental crowns will cost a lot more than filling, I’m sure you’re aware.
The filling will also take just one quick visit to the dentist whilst the dental crown requires two trips. So it would seem like an easy decision, why not just take the quicker and cheaper route and have a filling?
Well, there can be a number of different reasons why a dentist might suggest you go for the dental crown. This will have greater strength, increased longevity and have far better tooth protection. It will also give the dentist great control over the tooth’s general cosmetic appearance.
Evaluation each of the choices is important before you make a final decision. You have to remember that the end decision is always going to be yours, so don’t even be persuaded by the dentist. Just make sure you understand what is entailed in each procedure and way up the pros and the cons.
A crown is a tooth’s artificial outer layer, so obviously different from dental fillings. The fillings are intended to cover the damaged part of the tooth, whereas a crown covers the entire tooth.
Dental crowns and fillings are both very different procedures. A filling will only require materials to be stashed into the damaged portion of the tooth. A crown requires additional plaster and mould, therefore tasks far longer to be completed.
There are some great benefits to having a tooth filling, one of the main advantages is that it is quick easy and the hole is filled in instantly. However, the actually size and shape of the hole will have many influencing factors in the long haul. Depending on how large the hole was, the less overall strength the tooth will have. If a large filling is applied, it can almost act as a wedge that will apply pressure to the rest of the tooth. Over time there is a chance some parts of the tooth would crack or break off.
A dental crown are substantially stronger and therefore less likely to break over time. There is a possibility that the crown could become dislodged or even come off however the way the crown grasps around the tooth, it would be far more secure than a filling. In fact, it would take a lot of effort to dislodge a crown.
Both procedures have great advantages, but it’s solely up to you which one you decide to go for. It’s a choice between how much money you want to spend and the longevity of the filling or crown. Either way, you always have to maintain your teeth and continue with regularly check-ups.