Filling, Crown or Dental Implant: Which Do I Need?

Filling, Crown or Dental Implant: Which Do I Need?

There are several methods used to restore teeth that have become damaged, whether because of decay, injury or another reason. These methods vary from super simple to more complex, depending on the severity of the damage. Fillings, crowns and implants are some of the most common procedures used to remove decay and restore a healthy smile. Here’s more information about each of these effective methods and when they may become necessary.

When You Need a Dental Filling

Dental fillings are used to fill small cavities caused by tooth decay. They are typically the first step taken to a restore a tooth before the decay becomes worse. When you get a filling, your dentist will first remove all the decay from your tooth using a small drill. Then they will fill the hole or crevice with a material that adheres to your tooth and hardens. Today, most dentists use a tooth-colored resin that appears natural in your mouth. Fillings are an effective method of not only repairing the tooth, but also preventing further decay.

When You Need a Dental Crown

Crowns become necessary when the tooth has become too damaged from decay to support a filling, but the pulp inside your tooth canal is still alive and healthy. Your dentist may also use a crown to restore tooth that is broken or severely worn down. In some cases, crowns may be used solely for cosmetic purposes. Before a dentist places your crown, they will typically shave down the tooth so that all the decay is gone and only a small part of the tooth remains. Typically, they will place a temporary crown while your tooth heals and the permanent crown is being made. At your next visit, your dentist will place the permanent crown and your tooth will look good as new!

When You Need a Dental Implant

Dental implants are often used in conjunction with a crown when tooth decay or damage has made its way to the roots and the tooth cannot be saved. They are also used as an alternative to false teeth and dentures. Essentially, the implant takes place of the roots that hold the tooth to the jawbone. Most implants are made of titanium, which feels light and natural inside your mouth. The healing process can take up to a couple of months, but once your mouth is healed, your dentist can attach a crown that looks like a natural tooth.

Restore Your Smile With the Right Dental Procedure For You!

At Daxon Dentistry, we specialize in restorative dentistry to keep your smile not only beautiful, but healthy! If you have a cavity or other dental issue that is threatening your oral health, we have a treatment plan just for you. Give us call today or request an appointment online.