Crowns and Fillings: Is One Better?

If you have a decayed tooth, or even lose a part of your tooth, would you prefer a filling or a crown? Fortunately, with modern dentistry, both of these restorative options can be made to match the shape, size, and color of your smile—but they are not equally useful in all situations. To help you know what you might expect or repairing your tooth, we’re happy to discuss a few different scenarios.

Fillings are the cheaper option, and are generally used to fill in a cavity or to repair trauma, regardless of its source. Incidentally, if you bite your nails or grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend a filling.

However, if your tooth has little structure remaining, your dentist will probably choose a crown to strengthen the tooth. For example, if a filling falls out or breaks, your dentist will probably recommend placing a crown rather than using a new filling. Similarly, if you would require a large filling—something that would fill about half of your tooth—a crown will probably be your best option.

Similarly, while both a filling and a crown will restore your ability to speak and chew comfortably, a crown should give you more stability for a longer time. This is important because many insurance companies will not cover a filling or a crown for a tooth that has had a filling within the last two years. This means that even if you are striving to save time and money by having a filling, you could actually spend more.

Of course, we recommend visiting a dentist for specific advice. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us today. We are excited to hear from you.