WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CROWN AND A FILLING?
CROWNS VS. FILLINGS
It's very normal to be confused about the various dental treatment options available, but we can can help. If there’s a problem with your teeth, we may suggest a crown, filling, or even an implant depending on which one works best in a particular situation.
A dental crown is a ceramic or porcelain prosthetic tooth that fits directly over an existing tooth. Crowns will be used if your tooth is badly decayed as a way to protect it from further damage and keep your entire bite functional. Crowns can also be combined with bridges, which are used to fill a gap between teeth, with the crown holding it in place. Crowns can protect weak teeth, restore broken teeth, or even support large fillings.
Compared to dental implants, the practice of combining crowns with bridges leads to more stability when speaking or chewing, and they resemble real teeth. They are also permanent, easy to clean while remaining affordable.
While crowns may become necessary in the case of serious tooth decay, fillings can restore teeth with smaller amounts of damage.
With a filling, the decayed tooth material is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and finally, it is filled. The filling can be made of composite resin that looks like natural teeth, amalgam, porcelain, or gold.
While fillings are most commonly used to treat cavities, more serious, extreme cavities may require crowns alone or in combination with a filling.