Why do I need a crown rather than a filling?
Each type of dental restoration serves a specific purpose. Typically, a filling is designed to seal a tooth after removing decay. Composite material, used in fillings, is both strong and aesthetic. However, there are limitations to its use. Since we apply fillings to your existing tooth structure, they are an appropriate choice for small to medium cavities, depending on its location within your mouth.
Posterior teeth, or molars, absorb most of the force when chewing and therefore are more susceptible to damage or fractures. Due to their deep grooves, they are also likely candidates for decay. When you break a tooth or develop deep decay, especially on posterior teeth, they sometimes require more support than a filling provides.
A dental crown completely covers your tooth structure, much like a protective helmet. A dental crown not only seals the tooth, but also covers it tightly, absorbing the force of chewing to prevent additional damage, which may lead to tooth loss.
Talk To Your Dentist
Dr. Amir will always explain all of your options, along with the pros and cons of each, so that you can make an informed decision that works best for you. We always welcome your questions and respect your decisions regarding your smile. So please, feel free to give us a call, or schedule your consultation.