Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?
Dr. Stanford practices with the philosophy of microdentistry in mind. This means that he is looking for any signs of decay or damage to your tooth early on, which typically allows us to repair your tooth with a small filling rather than more extensive treatment.
With that said, there are some circumstances that require a dental crown if your tooth is decayed or damaged beyond what a filling can repair. Some of these situations are:
- A tooth that has deep decay or is fractured
- A tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy
- A tooth with a large old restoration to replace
Crowns are also used when we replace missing teeth, often as either the anchor to a bridge or attached to a dental implant. Because a crown is designed to protect your entire tooth from breaking and it restores your proper bite, it can restore your tooth more effectively than a filling in some circumstances.
Dr. Stanford uses the highest quality dental materials and works with only the best dental laboratories in the area to make sure that your crown is durable, functional, and an esthetically pleasing complement to your smile.
If your tooth needs a crown, it’s important not to ignore or delay your treatment as it could result in an infection or further damage to your tooth.