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If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, you need to seek dental treatment to prevent decay and further damage. The most common treatment options for tooth damage are fillings and dental crowns. A filling uses tooth-colored composite resin to fill the hole in your tooth and prevent decay. Alternatively, a dental crown is a cap for a damaged tooth that protects the entire tooth structure.

You may experience one or more issues leading to the necessity of dental restorations, from failed fillings to broken teeth. Discover six reasons you need a dental crown instead of a filling and how the team at Blue Island Smiles can help you restore a healthy smile.

1. Failed Dental Filling

Sometimes a filling comes loose due to recurring decay. In other circumstances, the filling itself breaks. While you may get another filling, it can weaken your tooth structure and continue falling out. In this case, you may benefit from a dental crown instead.

2. Large or Multiple Cavities

If you have a large cavity or multiple cavities in one tooth, it compromises the tooth’s structure. Preparing the tooth for a filling may crack the enamel, and more decay could cause you to need a root canal or extraction. Dental crowns protect these teeth better than fillings.

3. Root Canal

Dentists use root canal treatment on severely infected and decayed teeth. Root canals require a hole big enough for your dentist to remove the infected pulp before sealing the hole with gutta-percha, a filler material used after a root canal.

Afterward, the dentist covers the sealant with a crown to offer a stronger, more permanent restoration than a filling alone.

4. Fractured Tooth

Fractures include everything from a broken to a cracked tooth. These injuries are prone to infection, so seek prompt treatment. Cracked and broken teeth can occur due to weak enamel, tooth decay, or impact injury.

Fillings may fix minor chips, but a dental crown provides more strength and durability for fractures that reach the gumline.

5. Weak or Discolored Enamel

Teeth with weak enamel get damaged easily due to tooth decay or injury. Yellow discoloration is one sign of weak enamel because it may be the color of the dentin showing through. If you have a discolored tooth that suffers damage, consider getting a dental crown to keep your tooth healthy.

6. Multiple Fillings

If you already have multiple amalgam fillings in your mouth, you may benefit from a crown rather than another filling. More than eight amalgam fillings can increase the amount of mercury in your blood for a prolonged period.

Multiple fillings can also lead to a higher risk of dental filling failure, so getting a dental crown can fix your issue more effectively.

Save Your Smile Today

Because a dental crown covers your entire tooth, it offers a natural-looking restoration. If you use crowns instead of fillings for large breaks and significant decay, you reduce the risk of needing artificial teeth in the future.

If you’re still unsure what type of restoration you need, contact the dental team at Blue Island Smiles online or at (708) 371-3844 today to schedule an appointment. Our dental office offers a comfortable experience with friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Be proud of your smile.