When a tooth has been compromised by decay, your doctor may choose to use a filling or a crown to repair it. There are some differences to consider when evaluating your options.
When repairing a small area of decay, a filling is a great option. A filling can be completed in a single appointment and is less expensive than a crown.
The cavity can be filled with a material called composite, which mimics the tooth's natural shade and sheen. Once completed, the filling should stop the decay and keep the tooth healthy for a number of years.
Drawbacks of a filling can be a shorter comparative lifespan, and potential long term issues like recurring decay and cracking.
Placing a crown is best when a tooth has been weakened by extensive decay, injury, or deterioration of a large filling. A crown procedure involves reducing the surface area of the whole tooth to remove the decay, and then covering it entirely with a restoration made of ceramic or composite.
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