July 18, 2023

My Tooth Hurts! Will I Need A Filling Or A Crown?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_stampe @ 3:24 pm
Woman with brown hair smiling at dentist who is touching her jaw with a gloved hand

If you have a toothache or sensitivity when eating or drinking, then it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist! They will work with you to decide which restorative treatment is best for your situation. Pain and sensitivity are often caused by tooth decay, which can be addressed with a filling or a dental crown. Keep reading to learn more about each option so you know what to expect your dentist may recommend.

What Are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are used to treat cavities. They replace spots of decayed enamel with composite resin. This material can be customized to seamlessly match the color of your natural teeth, unlike the shiny and noticeable silver fillings of the past. To get a filling, your dentist removes the decay so it doesn’t worsen or spread. Then the resin is inserted into (and bonds with) the natural tooth to restore its strength.

Fillings can usually be completed in a single visit, making them a relatively simple and convenient solution! Not only that, but they are more cost-effective than crowns.

When Are Dental Fillings Recommended?

Because they rely on your natural teeth to be effective, fillings are not recommended for teeth that have already deteriorated too far. It is best to use fillings when:

  • There is only a small area of decay
  • A majority of the tooth is still intact

Dental fillings are a quick, easy, and affordable way to treat cavities and tooth decay.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a prosthetic cap that is cemented onto the impaired tooth to fortify and protect it. It also is customized to match the color of the surrounding teeth so it’s not visibly noticeable. This option is more intensive than fillings for two reasons:

  1. It requires two appointments. At your first visit, your dentist will prepare your teeth and create molds. Then you will need another appointment to have the dental crown installed.  
  2. Your dentist must remove some enamel in order for the cap to fit properly. This allows the dental crown to cover the entire tooth, not just replace the damaged portion like a dental filling.

When Are Dental Crowns Recommended?

Dental crowns are the preferred restoration when a filling just isn’t enough. They’re designed to provide advanced protection and strength to teeth that are seriously damaged or weakened. Dental Crowns are used to address more severe cases including:

  • Cracked teeth
  • Largely decayed teeth
  • Significantly weaken teeth

It’s important to call your dentist as soon as you notice a toothache or tooth sensitivity. A professional has the experience and equipment to appropriately assess the damage and determine a course of action. You don’t want to hesitate! Reach out to your dentist today so that you can restore your smile to its former glory.

About the Practice

At Cityline Dental Center, patients of all ages receive a 5-star experience from the moment they arrive for their visit. Whether you are there for a standard cleaning or checkup or you require more intensive restorative or cosmetic treatment, the team will work with you to provide personal care to meet all of your oral healthcare needs. If you have a toothache and would like to make an appointment, you are welcome to reach out to the office on the website or by calling (972) 231-9499.

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