Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?
When your dentist recommends a dental crown to restore your tooth, you might wonder why a filling is not enough. Especially since you had a filling last time.
When Dr. Halderman recommends a dental crown, it's typically because the tooth has more decay or is broken beyond the scope of what a filling can safely repair. Unlike a filling that is designed to fix a small portion of your tooth, a crown restores the whole tooth structure so that your root is protected and you still have all the function you had with your natural tooth.
Other situations that dental crowns in Galloway are ideal for include:
- To strengthen a tooth that has had root canal therapy
- To anchor a dental bridge on each side
- As a single tooth restoration for a dental implant
- For aesthetic purposes - to cover a tooth that is worn, broken, or discolored
Dr. Halderman can typically complete a crown in two visits. At your first visit, he'll prepare your tooth for your new restoration and make a temporary crown for you to wear while your final one is being crafted at a dental lab. It takes one to two weeks to complete your new tooth and then you'll return to Galloway Smiles to have it permanently placed. Now you're ready to share your new tooth with the world!