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Crowns or fillings- which is a better choice?

 

Crowns and fillings are both effective treatments used to restore teeth that have cavities or even to add strength to a tooth. The better choice of the two will really depend on the severity of the decay within the tooth. Dr. Obeid at Oakridge Dental Center (www.oakridgedentalcenter.com)  makes the best choice for his patients with the help of x-rays and laser cavity detection. Here are a few factors Dr. Obeid considers.

 

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.

Some of our patients at  Oakridge Dental Center(www.oakridgedentalcenter.com)  in Rochester Hills, MI come to our office to have their old amalgam fillings safely removed and replaced with composite fillings. Dr. Obeid only uses tooth colored composite fillings.

Getting a filling is typically a very simple procedure. The decayed tooth matter is removed and then composite material 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.

If a decayed tooth is cracked or broken, Dr. Obeid will likely recommend a crown to avoid extracting the tooth while preserving 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, Dr. Obeid will usually utilize filling material to create a larger and more ideal surface for the crown. Then , an impression is taken to insure a proper fit. The finished result is the crown which will be 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 office as soon as possible for the best results. At Oakridge Dental Center in Rochester Hills, MI we have a well educated, friendly team ready to serve your needs. Call us today at 248-652-1100.