The Difference Between Dental Crowns and Fillings

March 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drpapageorgiou @ 1:00 am

Dentist discussing dental crown with female patientDental crowns and fillings are two of the most popular restorative procedures. However, they are two very different treatments. Although both can fix damaged teeth, only one may be right for you. Here’s what you need to know about the difference between fillings and dental crowns to make the best decision for your smile. 

What is a Dental Filling?

A dental filling is a tried and proven solution to treat tooth decay. Traditionally, fillings are made of a variety of metals, including mercury. Although they are effective, they are quite noticeable, and there are concerns about long-term mercury exposure. 

As an alternative, a tooth-colored filling can be used to treat decay. It’s customized to match the color of your enamel to blend in with the tooth structure, so no one will know it is there. 

The composite resin can also fix several other issues, including chips, cracks, and exposed tooth roots. 

Placing a filling is minimally invasive and does not require any downtime. It provides a quick, effective fix to restore a healthy, beautiful smile. You’ll enjoy natural-looking results that can last for 5 to 10 years before needing to be replaced. 

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a custom-made cap that’s bonded over the entire surface of a tooth above the gum line. Traditional crowns are made from metals, but porcelain is used for modern restorations to look natural. Not to mention, they are biocompatible and durable.

Crowns are versatile because they can be used to repair teeth or improve their appearance. They can treat large areas of decay, breaks, and fractures. However, they can also be used along with other procedures, like root canal therapy or a dental bridge. 

Porcelain allows crowns to have cosmetic benefits as well. They can improve the appearance of a discolored or abnormally shaped tooth. 

Placing a crown is a bit more invasive than a filling because your tooth must be reshaped to allow the restoration to fit over it, but it will last for many years. On average, their life expectancy is about 10 years or longer with the right aftercare.

Is a Crown or Dental Filling Right for You? 

Only a trained dental professional can determine if a crown or filling will meet your needs. Your dentist will examine your mouth to create a customized treatment plan based on your situation. They’ll explain exactly what you can expect on the road ahead. No matter the method, you’ll enhance your smile using the latest innovations in dentistry.

About Dr. Christina Papageorgiou

Dr. Papageorgiou earned her dental degree at the University of Michigan and has regularly continued her education in many specialties, like cosmetic dentistry. She has over 2 decades of experience as a dentist and is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through our website or call (508) 545-1126.

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