Swansboro Family Dentistry

Why do I need a tooth crown? Can I have a filling instead?

It can feel frustrating when you break a tooth or have a cavity and assume that a simple filling is all you need to take care of the problem, only to find that your Swansboro dentist recommends a dental crown instead. It is important to remember, however, that our dentists want to give you the type of care they expect for their own families which means dentistry that lasts and is done right the first time.

A dental filling seals the tooth. A filling can repair many cavities, chips, and small breaks while keeping bacteria from re-entering the tooth.

A crown adds support to a compromised tooth. This is particularly important for molars, which absorb most of the force of chewing. Molars often have a greater need for crowns than front teeth, though we make recommendations on a tooth-by-tooth basis.

A dental crown can also rebuild a tooth that has wear due to teeth grinding. This not only improves the appearance of the tooth, but also keeps the bite functioning properly.

We offer tooth-colored crowns at our Swansboro general dentistry practice. In some cases, a porcelain crown reinforced with metal or a full gold crown will work better for patients’ back teeth. We will be happy to discuss your options with you.

Contact Swansboro Family Dentistry to book an evaluation.

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