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Crown or Filling: Which Do I Need? Princeton, NJ
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You know you have a tooth with a cavity or crack that needs to be treated. But for now, you’re nervous about calling the dentist because you’re not sure how “bad” the news is going to be. Will you just need a filling to fix it, or will you need something bigger, like a dental crown?

Earlier Treatment Keeps Restorations Smaller

The sooner you have a broken or decaying tooth repaired, the less invasive the restoration will be. By nature, decay gradually expands deeper into teeth and adjacent teeth unless it’s treated quickly. So, what could be repaired with a filling today may evolve into a scenario where you need a crown—or even a root canal—a few months later.

Crown vs. Fillings

Typically, we try to use dental fillings to repair cavities while they’re small. But fillings require enough healthy tooth structure around them to hold them in place. If the filling is so large that only a thin shell of enamel is left, the entire tooth will likely break apart once pressure is applied.

On the other hand, crowns cover weak and susceptible teeth, like a protective helmet. When biting pressure is applied, it’s distributed across the entire crown so that the tooth can continue functioning normal.

There is a fine line where fillings are no longer appropriate and crowns are the only option. But the only way to know for certain is to have our Princeton dentist evaluate your tooth. A small X-ray will also probably be needed. We’ll help you select the most conservative treatment for the overall lifespan of your smile.

Contact Prime Dental Care today to reserve an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540

(609) 688-8818

Prime Dental Care

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Based on 198 reviews

Ms P.

My husband has been going to Dr Ma and this practice for many years and swears by them so I thought I would try it out. Very pleasant and professional with a great location and good availability, they respond to queries in a timely way and provide reminders for appointments via text which is great since some practices appear to be in the dark ages on some of the practical stuff. Everyone seems to try to ensure you have a pleasant visit (in spite of being to the dentist!) so kudos to the whole operation. Also, a lot of care has been taken to go above and beyond the requirements of hygiene during this pandemic including state-of-the-art air filtration systems.

Jay J.

Starting from reception to the assistant to the doctors they are so amazing. I have major dental anxiety and they were above and beyond sweet and nice to me. I have come back after a root canal and I can go for a run I feel that good and comfortable with them. They rock! They are awesome- I highly recommend this place

Xiao L.

I’m experiencing a very painful toothache during the COVID-19 period. Thanks for Dr. Ma’s quick response using the “teledentistry”, I got a timely and precise diagnosis without having to step out of my house. I really appreciated their help at this moment!

Zoe F.

I have been here multiple times with Maggie and Dr.Patel. Both of them are amazing and make you feel very comfortable the whole time!

Riya P.

Everyone here is very friendly and is willing to help you. It is a very good experience here! Highly recommend coming here!

Sandy W.

Everyone there is friendly and professional. They have taken great care of me every time I’ve visited.

Elliot V.

Prime Dental care has a great friendly staff. I had a wonderful experience with my hygienist Kate, she was very thorough, professional, and kind! Dr. Ma was informative and did a wonderful job of explaining everything. Would highly recommend Prime Dental Care!

Cody M.

Dr. Ma and her staff are very friendly and super thorough. They take the time to explain every part of the care and are invested in my overall dental health. I would recommend them to everyone!

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