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The Difference Between A Filling And Crown

lawsonfillingsDo you have a toothache that won’t go away? Have you chipped or fractured your tooth? These are common situations in which a dentist may recommend a dental restoration, such as a filling or a crown. Which one will best address your issue? What’s the difference between a filling and a crown?

Composite Dental Filling

When you have a cavity in the early stages, a filling is often the best choice for addressing the problem. The doctor first removes decay from the teeth and thoroughly cleans it, before adding a composite resin to the tooth. After curing the resin with a light, the tooth will be polished for a more lifelike appearance. A composite restoration offers a number of benefits, including:

  • A natural appearance
  • Metal-free
  • Long lasting

In addition, the same material can be used as part of our dental bonding procedure, repairing teeth that have become chipped or have permanent discoloration.

A Dental Crown

A crown is also a restoration, however, instead of repairing small portion of the tooth structure, it fits over the visible part completely. We may use them for a variety of situations, including:

  • Addressing serious decay
  • Repairing chipped or fractured teeth
  • Securing a dental bridge
  • Completing a root canal procedure
  • Restoring a dental implant

The process begins with the doctor preparing the tooth, removing a small amount of structure. After an impression is taken, a dental lab will fabricate the new restoration from ceramic. The restoration is then placed on the tooth. Like composite fillings, ceramic crowns are metal-free and esthetically pleasing in appearance.

Which One Does My Smile Need?

That depends on a number of factors, including your personal goals for your smile and the level of damage your tooth ahs sustained. Of course, we will look at your tooth with digital x-rays and other technology to decide the best course of treatment.

Do You Have An Uneven Smile?

Dr. Lawson and our team want to help you enjoy a more even and healthy smile. To learn more about our clear and esthetically-pleasing orthodontic solutions, schedule a consultation by:

calling our dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.

We also serve residents of Waukee, Grimes, Johnston, and Clive, IA.

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