Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?
Your tooth is decayed, and your dentist diagnosed a dental crown. In the past, a filling has been sufficient, so you wonder why you need a crown now?
A crown is the best choice when your tooth is decayed, broken, or cracked beyond what a filling is capable of repairing. A filling is designed to fix a small hole that is left by tooth decay. If the decay has compromised more than half of your tooth structure, a filling will no longer be able to support your tooth properly.
Dental crowns cover your tooth and restore the entire structure. They’re designed to closely mimic your tooth, so they provide all the function and aesthetics you had before while also protecting your natural root.
Crowns are also used as the restoration for a single implant, which replaces a missing tooth. A tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy will also need a dental crown to strengthen it. So there are many circumstances when Dr. Richard Tom may utilize a dental crown to restore your oral health.
If you have a tooth that needs a crown to restore the damage left by decay, it’s best not to delay your treatment as the decay can progress and result in a painful infection in your tooth.