Each dental restoration we recommend serves a unique purpose with the intention of prolonging the life of your tooth. Occasionally, we recommend a dental crown rather than a filling to treat dental decay and other oral diseases that put your tooth at risk.
If you have recently received a recommendation for a dental crown, you might wonder why a filling is not enough. Here are some things to consider.
Dental Decay Is in Advanced Stages
When you think of dental decay, a filling probably pops into your mind. In most cases, a filling will do the trick and successfully seals and protects your tooth after we remove a cavity. In other cases, however, a dental crown might be the best bet as a long-term treatment option.
Dental decay rarely expresses symptoms until it is well advanced. When dental decay consumes too much tooth structure, it is more susceptible to breakage, and a crown works better to protect the tooth.
Compromised Tooth Structure
Breaking part of a tooth can be alarming even if no pain occurs due to the trauma. A broken tooth signifies weakened enamel. For posterior (back) teeth, a dental crown will absorb the force from chewing and prevent continued damage.
A dental crown covers the entire tooth structure. When esthetics are a concern, typically for anterior (front) teeth, you might be happier with the seamless result that a dental crown or porcelain veneer provides rather than a dental filling, which can result in a patchwork appearance if your teeth collect stains and change color over time.
At Pruce Dental, you can count on us to go over all of your treatment options and the benefits of each. Ultimately, the route you take is entirely up to you. We are here to help you make the choice that achieves your goals and helps you feel confident in your oral health and smile.
For more information about dental crowns in the McMurray, PA area, give us a call! We always welcome new patients.