Crowns or Fillings- Which is a Better Choice?

Crowns and fillings are both effective treatments used to save teeth that have composite fillings before and aftersuffered decay. The better choice of the two will really depend on the severity of the decay within the tooth.

Of course, a dental exam is necessary to determine which treatment will be best, but here are a few factors our dentists consider.

When are Fillings Used?

If a tooth has only minor decay, a filling is usually the best choice. A filling becomes necessary when a cavity develops; the decayed tooth matter must be removed in order to restore the health of the tooth. In addition, a tooth that has suffered significant wear may benefit from a filling.

Getting a filling is typically a simple procedure. The decayed tooth matter is removed and then a material – usually silver amalgam, ceramic, porcelain, or tooth-colored composite – is used to fill in the spaces. For many patients with cavities, fillings will be the proper treatment.

When are Crowns Used?

Crowns are used to provide strength and stability to a weakened tooth. A tooth that has become vulnerable due to decay may not be able to support a filling, in which case it can be covered with a crown.

Fixari Family Dental team membersIf a decayed tooth has cracked or broken, the dentist will likely recommend a crown to avoid extracting the tooth and instead preserve as much tooth structure as possible.

In addition, a crown is usually placed after a root canal to ensure the tooth has the strength to stand up to chewing.

To place a crown on a decayed tooth, one of our dentists will usually utilize filling material to create a larger and more ideal surface for the crown. Then, the crown is cemented to the tooth.

In short, the right treatment will depend heavily on the patient’s individual case. Patients who are experiencing cavity-like symptoms should call our dentists as soon as possible for best results.

CEREC Crowns & Veneers: Differences Between the Two

If you’re wondering whether there are differences between CEREC® crowns and veneers, you’ve come to the right place!

We would like to discuss some of the fundamental differences between the two, and also highlight some reasons why patients receive dental crowns versus porcelain veneers.

Are There Differences Between Veneers and CEREC Crowns?

Crowns and veneers have several similarities, and can achieve some of the same results for patient’s smiles.

  • This is especially true when it comes to the natural-looking, long-lasting results that CEREC crowns and porcelain veneers produce.
  • Also, the CEREC technology and the veneers procedure are both minimally invasive procedures.

However, there is a fundamental difference between crowns and veneers.

  • The crowns procedure is typically chosen and utilized when a patient’s tooth suffers from decay. When a tooth is decayed, we have less tooth structure in which to fix the natural tooth. Therefore, crowns are placed to fix the decayed tooth.
  • On the other hand, dental veneers require very minimal adaptations to the tooth structure. They are chosen when patients want to revitalize their smile by improving the aesthetics of their teeth (color and shape). Therefore, veneers are typically the recommended service when patients are merely worried about the appearance of their smile, versus getting rid of decay and repairing a tooth with a dental crown.

CEREC Crowns

CEREC stands for Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Fixari Family Dental utilizes CEREC technology to create crowns, inlays, and onlays in one office visit.

  • By utilizing the CEREC technology, patients do not have to get fillings or crowns since their new crown is crafted in one office visit. This incredible fact often saves the patient money and time.
  • CEREC technology allows us to create your new dental crown within approximately one hour!
  • With the CEREC design technology, we are able to pay attention to the critical details, such as the shape, length, color, and bite. All of these characteristics are important for creating a flawless, healthy smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry option for many patients, especially for those who want a “Hollywood smile.”

  • The veneers procedure focuses on improving the aesthetics of a patient’s smile, rather than fixing decay.
  • Porcelain veneers can fix chipped, cracked, slightly misaligned, and broken teeth.
  • The porcelain material is natural-looking and long-lasting, too.

Fixari Family Dental for Your Dentistry Needs

As you can see, there are several similarities and differences when it comes to CEREC crowns and veneers.

If you are interested in either service, we will help you further understand your options, and also help you decide which is the best for you.

So if you live in the Columbus, OH area, you can schedule your consultation with us. We look forward to creating your healthy, dream smile!