Dental Crowns vs. Fillings

Bring Back Your Smile’s Natural Beauty With Restorative Dentistry

No matter how well you take care of your teeth, sometimes you just need extra care to keep them in tip-top shape. But if your pearly whites are in need of repair, do you need a dental crown over a filling, or vice versa? It can be hard to understand with confidence. That’s why we’re here to break down the differences between crowns and fillings and prepare you for your next dental procedure.

What’s The Difference, Anyway?

While both crowns and fillings are used to treat and restore broken or damaged teeth, they’re individually used for slightly different situations. 


Crowns are porcelain prosthetics that repair broken, cracked, or damaged teeth – basically, more serious issues that could cause health problems down the road. During this process at Perimeter, Drs. Dave and Matt Scurria examine your teeth, apply a local anesthetic, and prepare the tooth in question by removing areas of decay and damaged portions. We then take an impression of your tooth, send it to a lab, and a few short weeks later, you’re back to smiling bright. 

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Fillings are a little less complicated, though no less effective. They’re used for more minor issues and to restore slightly damaged teeth. With a filling, we remove any damaged or decayed tooth material, clean it and bond the tooth-colored filling to restore your smile’s natural beauty. Fillings are most commonly used to repair cavities and mitigate decay, keeping your teeth healthy in the long run.

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Are Repairs Really Necessary?

Tooth be told, mending damaged teeth is important to your overall oral health and appearance. Bacteria naturally live in your mouth, gums and teeth. These natural bacteria are fed every time you eat. That means that, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can erode your teeth and do significant damage. Simply brushing your teeth and keeping up with cleanings can help sustain the longevity and natural beauty of your teeth. However, when a tooth is cracked or broken, it opens up areas for bacteria to get into. Repairing these damages keeps the decay at bay and eliminates any discomfort or difficulty properly chewing and speaking, keeping you looking and feeling great. 

Customized Dental Treatments To Restore Your Smile

Whether you’re in need of a crown or filling, Perimeter Dental works to keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright. Because each patient is unique, we tailor treatments to individuals to give patients better results. Drs. Dave and Matt Scurria combine their advanced training with extensive experience as restorative dentists to guide you through treatments to help you understand every step. Get in touch with us to learn more about our restorative dental services today!