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What’s the Difference Between Dental Crowns and Fillings?

July 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — bensalemsmiles @ 11:36 pm
Tooth colored filling

Teeth can be damaged by decay, facial injuries, and accidents, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will need to have them pulled. With modern dental techniques and technology, there are several different ways to restore teeth that have become structurally compromised. Two of the most common options are dental fillings and crowns. However, they’re very different from each other. Read on to learn about the differences so you can determine which one is right for you.

What Are Dental Fillings and How Do They Work?

A dental filling issued to treat minor damage to a tooth, like small cavities and fractures. The first step involves your dentist administering a local anesthetic, if considered necessary, to numb the area. Next, they prepare your tooth by removing any damaged parts and applying an acid gel to clean the area. This way, lingering bacteria and debris can be removed. The filling material is then added to the tooth. Fillings can be made up of numerous different materials, some of the most common ones being porcelain, amalgam, composite resin, and gold. However, dentist usually use tooth-colored composite resin these days for a natural appearance and the best overall results!

What Are Dental Crowns and How Do They Work?

Dental crowns, also known as caps, help to restore damaged teeth. However, they are much different from a filling. Crowns are covers that are placed over the damaged teeth. They restore damage and can replace missing teeth to their original size, shape, function, and health. They are often used for patients who need to:

  • Protect a tooth with a large filling and not enough tooth structure.
  • Attach a bridge to replace a missing tooth.
  • Protect a weak tooth from experiencing additional damage.
  • Restore a fractured tooth.
  • Cover a tooth that is misshapen.
  • Attach a replacement tooth to a dental implant.

Crowns can be made from several different materials, like metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain fused-to-metal, porcelain, and composite resin. They are made to be the exact size, shape, and color to blend in with the rest of your smile. With proper maintenance, dental crowns can last up to 15 years or even longer!

Your tooth enamel is the strongest substance present in your entire body, but it isn’t completely indestructible. Thanks to restorations like dental crowns and fillings, you don’t need to say goodbye to your damaged teeth – only hello to a beautiful, healthy smile!

About the Practice

At Perfect Smiles of Bensalem, there is a team of general dentists, periodontists, and an endodontist so patients can get pretty much anything they need under one roof! This means a more personalized approach without the need to travel to multiple locations to get treatment. To learn more about dental fillings and crowns or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (215) 752-5911.

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