Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?
Each type of dental restoration has a specific purpose for repairing a tooth. When multiple options exist, Dr. Bussell will present each of them along with the benefits and limitations of each so you can make a choice that fits both your oral health needs and your budget.
Dental fillings seal a tooth after removing a cavity. A dental filling keeps bacteria out of your tooth and restores the shape. Dental fillings work best for small or medium-sized fillings and for filling small chips or irregularities. Dental fillings come in numerous shades to complement your smile.
In the case of deep decay that compromises the structure of your tooth, additional support from a dental crown will provide the support necessary to protect your tooth while chewing. A dental crown covers the tooth completely, like a protective helmet, and can prevent additional damage.
Other circumstances that may require a dental crown include protecting a root canal-treated tooth, rebuilding a worn bite, improving the appearance of a tooth, and repairing cracked or fractured teeth.
Contact our Royal Palm Beach dental office to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Steven Bussell. He will explain all of your treatment options and answer your questions about your oral health.