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What’s the Difference Between a Crown and a Filling?

December 11, 2022
Posted By: Dr. John Chen
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Dental fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, seal cavities after they’ve been treated by your dentist in Aurora, CO. We can also use tooth-colored filling material to conceal cosmetic flaws in a method called dental bonding, including discoloration and chips. Dental crowns are more versatile, but we use them to cap teeth instead of filling them if the decay is too widespread to treat.

A dental crown is a custom tooth cap that fits over a treated tooth and will always look like your natural teeth. In addition, it can restore stability to a weak or damaged tooth. A crown can also hide tooth flaws; we use them to cap dental implant posts and anchor artificial teeth to healthy teeth (dental bridge). Our dental office offers CEREC same-day crowns made from quality porcelain.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Your dentist can use a tooth crown or filling to treat a cavity. And we rely on quality materials in both. However, it is always better to prevent tooth decay rather than treat it.

  • Visit your dentist every six months for checkups and teeth cleanings.
  • Brush and floss after eating or no less than twice daily.
  • Talk to your dentist if you notice changes, including toothaches or discoloration.
  • Lower your intake of acidic or sugar-based snacks and beverages.

Caring for Same-Day Tooth Crowns in Aurora, COdentist in aurora co

Treat your capped tooth just like your other teeth by practicing prevention. Additionally, never use a crowned tooth to bite into sticky foods like taffy. If your crown ever feels loose, contact your Aurora dentist.

Is It Time for Your Dental Checkup and Teeth Cleaning?

If you would like to arrange a checkup, teeth cleaning, or restoration consultation with the prosthodontist, we encourage you to reach out to a helpful team member today. And always give us a call if you have any questions.

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