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
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Princeton, NJ, 08540