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Why Do I Need a Dental Crown Instead of a Filling?

February 28, 2019
Posted By: Drew Gripentrog, DMD
Dental Crowns | Glenview IL Dentist

The last time you had tooth decay, your dentist recommended a dental filling and your tooth was back to normal health in no time. This time, however, your dentist has recommended a crown for your tooth, and you’re not sure why a dental filling is not sufficient.

Here’s what you should know about dental crowns in Glenview and how they benefit your dental health.

How a Crown Differs From a Filling

While a filling can restore a tooth with damage from decay, sometimes the decay is too deep, or too large for the filling to be effective. A tooth may also be cracked or fractured, and in these cases, a crown is needed to restore function and strength.

Instead of repairing a small portion of your tooth like a filling, a crown fits over your remaining tooth structure to restore your entire tooth. It is made of ceramic porcelain and is designed to closely mimic the shape and shade of your tooth, so it blends with your surrounding teeth. A crown also ensures that you enjoy the same function of eating and chewing that you had with your natural tooth.

The Process for Completing a Crown

A crown is handcrafted at a dental laboratory according to your dentist’s specifications. It requires two appointments with your dentist to prepare your tooth for its restoration. During your first visit, your dentist will take impressions of your tooth and get it ready for its new crown. They will also create a temporary crown that you will wear while you wait for your new restoration.

After a week or two, when your porcelain crown is ready, you’ll return to your dentist to have it placed permanently. At this time, your Glenview dentist will make any adjustments needed to ensure that your bite is functioning properly.

Now you’re ready to enjoy your new tooth!

If you’ve been told you need a dental crown, it is essential not to delay your treatment because decay or a fracture can get worse and cause more damage. Contact Dr. Gripentrog or Dr. Rogers at Gallery Park Dental today if you have questions about your treatment or you need to schedule an appointment.


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