Crowns Vs. Fillings: What’s the Difference?

Like anything else in our bodies, our teeth and gums age. Genetics also plays a role in our dental health, and some people experience more decay, such as gum disease and cavities. When discussing cavity treatment options with your dentist at Dobson Ranch Dental Care, it’s easy to confuse fillings and crowns. Unfortunately, these terms are not interchangeable. In fact, they each offer a different approach to your dental care.

Crowns Vs. Fillings: What's the Difference?

When is a filling the best course of treatment?

Fillings are best for small decay areas, and for teeth that aren’t cracked or chipped. This dental care option restores your dental health, allowing you to continue eating and drinking the things you enjoy. During a filling procedure, the decaying portion of the tooth is removed, cleaned, and then filled with a tooth-like material. Finally, your dentist shapes the material to match the rest of your teeth. 

When is a crown the best course of treatment?

A crown is a ceramic or porcelain ceramic tooth that’s custom-made to fit directly over your decaying or cracked tooth. Unlike fillings, which require just one visit, a crown procedure will require a second visit. Crowns are also great options for people who need a bridge or any other restorative dentistry. In addition, this duo tends to give you a more natural look and allows you to continue eating and drinking all your favorite foods. 

Which options are budget-friendly

If cost is a concern for you and your household, then fillings are typically the best option. Of course, this depends on the level of damage or decay that your dentist is trying to correct. Fillings are a basic restorative measure, and are usually cheaper on your out-of-pocket costs. On the other hand, crowns tend to be a little more expensive. However, don’t let the cost of your dental care scare you away from having the work done. Without the work, you might end up with more costly procedures like root canals, extractions, or dentures.

 

How can I prevent cavities?

As a seasoned individual, you know that one of the best ways to prevent cavities or stop them from getting worse is to brush your teeth regularly. Flossing will also help by removing food and bacteria from between your gums and teeth. Lastly, using a fluoride rinse at least once a day can help wash away any additional bacteria that might be living in your mouth. Also, visiting your dentist every six months for regular check-ups can stop a cavity in its tracks. 

When can I come in?

Dobson Ranch Dental Care is currently accepting new patients! So, if you live in or around Mesa, AZ, it’s time to make an appointment. We can perform your regular dental exams, treat periodontal disease, and perform teeth whitening to give you that same, bright smile you had in your younger days. To schedule an appointment, give our office a call at (480) 838-8558.