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Dental Crowns vs Fillings: Why do I need a crown?

March 29, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Lawrence Michnick
Dental Crown | Atlantic Dental

You've received the dreaded news that you need a dental crown to repair your tooth. Last time your recommended treatment was a filling, so you're not quite sure why you need a crown this time? Your dentist in Ocean City, MD explains why a crown was recommended and how it can benefit you.

What is a Dental Crown?

Designed to restore your entire tooth structure, a crown is typically recommended in these situations:

  • Your tooth has decay that is much bigger than a filling can safely restore
  • Your tooth has a large old filling that is breaking down or has fallen out
  • Your tooth was treated with root canal therapy and needs to be strengthened
  • Your tooth has a fracture or crack

A crown is made of porcelain that is customized to match your teeth and aesthetically complement your smile. Porcelain is durable and designed to last for many years. Your crown closely mimics your natural tooth, which ensures that you have all the function you had before so you'll eat, chew, and smile with ease.

What is the Process of Getting a Crown?

A crown typically takes a couple of appointments and 2 to 3 weeks to complete. During the first appointment, your tooth will be prepared for your new restoration and you'll be given a temporary crown to wear while your permanent one is being hand crafted at a dental lab. After your permanent restoration is completed, you'll return to your dentist to have it placed and complete any adjustments needed to ensure that your bite is working properly.

What if I Don't Complete My Crown Right Away?

If you choose to delay your treatment, it could negatively impact your oral health since the decay or fracture in your tooth can progressively get worse. If decay reaches the nerve of your tooth, it may cause an infection, which would require root canal therapy to preserve your tooth.

If you've been told you need a crown, it's best to contact your team at Atlantic Dental to get scheduled as soon as possible.

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