What Is the Difference Between Dental Crowns & Fillings?
Dentists use both dental crowns and fillings to restore a person’s damaged natural teeth. The similarities stop there, though, as each serves a unique purpose. The guide below outlines the procedure and benefits of these two methods.
Dental crowns, or caps, are typically made of porcelain or ceramic, and they are customized to fit over the entire tooth. Your dentist might recommend them if the tooth above the gum line is severely damaged, but the root is still viable and, therefore, worth saving. Since root canal treatment can hurt the structural integrity of a tooth, it is important to try and catch decay or cracks and restore your tooth with a crown before your condition worsens.
This method can also be used to preserve teeth with significant decay. They do not require any additional care beyond the standard brushing and flossing and typically last for five to fifteen years. At Station Dental, our technology allows us to complete your dental crown in one visit.
Dental fillings can be used to treat minor damage. When a tooth develops a small cavity, for example, your dentist might drill around it to remove the infected areas and then fill it with amalgam, porcelain, composite resin, or gold. At Station Dental, we only use the highest quality tooth-colored composites. Even today’s most common composite materials have been linked to leaking BPA’s, so we have introduced a much longer lasting, and healthier option with our flowable ceramic filling material, often considered a holistic option.
For cosmetic reasons, as well as health concerns, metal fillings have become less popular in recent years, while composite resin fillings have become more popular. After the fillings are placed, patients should avoid especially hot or cold foods, as well as anything sticky or chewy. While brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are all recommended, have your dentist suggest brands or types to use. Each patient is different, and many toothpastes and mouthwash options can be catered to your specific needs.
With the materials used today, combined with the skills of your Station Dental dentist, nearly all filling and crown restorations are nearly impossible to detect, and look just like your regular teeth.