Putting Off Emergency Dental Care Has Serious Consequences
A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth, usually made of ceramic or porcelain, made to fit right over an existing tooth. Crowns are usually used if there’s been too much tooth decay, prevent further damage, and allow the patient to bite properly. Crowns are often used with bridges, which fill teeth gaps since the crown will hold it in place. You probably need a dental crown if your teeth have weakened and need protecting, or if there are larger fillings in your mouth that need support. Crowns can also be used to restore broken teeth in certain cases, all while looking exactly like real teeth.
Fillings are used to restore minor damages. When you use a crown, no material needs to be removed. With a filling, all the decayed teeth will be removed, and then the tooth will be cleaned. Finally, the tooth will be filled, either with amalgam, porcelain, composite resin, or even gold. Fillings are generally used to treat cavities, although if it’s more serious, you may need crowns or a combination of both fillings and a crown.