Why do I need a crown instead of a bigger filling?

Why A Crown in Needed FAQ | Dental Care at Moon ValleyWhen your tooth is compromised by decay, infection, or dental trauma, we need to take steps to repair it. In many cases a silver or composite filling is sufficient to restore the tooth.

However, if the tooth is so damaged that we need to remove a significant amount of structure, a crown is a better solution than a filling. A crown fully encases the damaged tooth to restore it to its natural shape and size, provide adequate strength, and allow the tooth to function normally again.

Placing a dental crown usually requires two visits. However, we also offer CEREC crowns that can be completed in just one office visit. With proper oral hygiene and routine dental visits, a crown can last as long as 15 years.

We may choose crowns in a number of situations:

  • Restore a tooth that’s too damaged to support a large filling
  • Restore fractured teeth or prevent a weakened tooth from fracturing
  • Use as anchors on neighboring teeth to support bridges
  • Conceal a discolored or badly shaped tooth
  • Restore a dental implant

If you think you may need a dental crown, please call Dental Care at Moon Valley. We’ll be happy to arrange a convenient appointment to discuss your needs and decide if a crown is the most appropriate solution for you.

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