If you’ve developed a cavity or have cracked or damaged a tooth, you may want to consult with your dentist about getting a dental crown or filling. Both accomplish similar goals but achieve them through differing means. Understanding these differences can help you choose which procedure best works for you. Discussing this with your dentist is the most important part but knowing what separates the two before your appointment can help give you better insight between fillings versus dental crowns.
Fillings are a great way to fix a damaged tooth without replacing the natural structure. Your dentist uses a tooth-colored composite resin that is biocompatible and closely resembles the color and texture of your tooth. The filling is shaped and molded to match the contours of your tooth’s surface. This procedure can usually be done same day, is less invasive, and is generally a more affordable option over a dental crown. Conversely, fillings typically don’t have as long of a life span as crowns do and can require more regular maintenance.
Dental crowns involve your dentist reshaping your original tooth to be able to fit the new crown. After scanning the reshaped tooth and the area around it, your new crown is crafted in-office, using the scans to more accurately mold a crown that will fit and support your damaged tooth. This allows your tooth to function properly under the pressure of your bite. It will also mimic the look of your natural teeth. Dental crowns offer better durability as well as more longevity over fillings