Crowns and fillings are so common that one-third of all US adults have at least one crown.
The average adult (20 to 64 years old) has between 4 and 10 fillings.
The procedures are so standard that nearly everyone at some point will get a dental crown or tooth filling.
However, how can you know when you need a dental crown or tooth filling?
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10 Signs It’s Time To Get a Dental Crown or Tooth Filling
The presence of a cavity
Dental sensitivity to hot or cold
Visible dark spots on the tooth
Severely worn tooth
A tooth the has undergone an endodontic (root canal) procedure
Old tooth filling that has cracked or has fallen out
To truly know whether a dental crown or tooth filling procedure is called for, it is essential to visit a dental clinic where a dentist can thoroughly examine your teeth with unique dental instruments and obtain detailed x-rays. Depending on the extent and severity of any dental damage uncovered, your dentist will make the best recommendations for treatments going forward.
What Do Dental Crowns Achieve?
Dental crowns are designed to protect and rescue a compromised tooth from sustaining further damage. Dental crowns can help relieve the stress on a weak or damaged tooth by providing structural stability and by reducing the forces of biting and chewing on the tooth.
Dental crowns also provide an aesthetic benefit by covering up blemishes and visible signs of damage while preventing the tooth from further degrading over time.
What Do Tooth Fillings Achieve?
Unlike dental crowns, tooth fillings do not cover a tooth or protrude from it. Instead, they are designed to plug, or fill in spaces, cracks, crevices, and penetration in a tooth. Most commonly, tooth fillings are used to plug in the holes left behind by a cavity.
In doing so, fillings prevent the dental cavity from becoming reinfected. They also avert food debris and other unwanted substances from becoming trapped inside the cavity space.
Similar to dental crowns, tooth fillings are a method to repair and protect teeth from sustaining further damage.
Tooth Filling vs. Dental Crown
In essence, both dental procedures are designed to salvage a damaged tooth and rescue it from sustaining further damage. However, dental crowns and tooth filling procedures are employed in very different circumstances.
Dental crowns are primarily placed to preserve the structural integrity of a tooth. As a result, they work by covering the vulnerable parts of a tooth with a strong, resilient cap.
Tooth fillings, on the other hand, are designed to plug dental vulnerabilities. Rather than cover them up on the surface, tooth fillings fill vulnerable spaces thereby preventing bacteria and other unwanted intruders from attacking the tooths vulnerable and sensitive inner pulp.
While different in execution, dental crowns, and tooth fillings are not mutually exclusive. Sometimes, a filling that is too large may require a crown for additional support and protection.
DR. REZA KHAZAIE