As a Kitchener Dentist, I see at least 2 patients each day to repair a broken tooth. Often, I will hear a request like, “use your best cement!” or “make sure to make it’s really strong!”. People want durable solutions and they deserve durable solutions. In some cases, however, a simple filling won’t hold up even in the short term. So, let’s explore what crowns and fillings are and when each is necessary for a reliable treatment outcome.
Kitchener Dentist Files: When are dental fillings sufficient?
Dental fillings are a bonded, white material that replaces tooth structure lost to decay or a “cavity”. When you have a cavity involving 1 to 3 surfaces or “walls” of your tooth, a filling can generally provide a durable long-term solution. Keep in mind that fillings have an average longevity of 10-15 years and require repair or replacement on occasion. Ask your Kitchener Dentist about longevity you can expect with your dental fillings.
Kitchener Dentist Files: When is a crown necessary?
A Dental Crown is a “helmet” or “cap” made of either metal or porcelain that protects a weak or damaged tooth. A Dental Crown is necessary when a simple filling repair will break in the short term. There are 3 main circumstances requiring a dental crown:
- A cusp or wall breaks on your tooth.
- Your tooth has been root canal treated.
- You have a cracked tooth that is likely to split.
Dental fillings are suitable for repairing most small to mid-sized cavities and small chips or defects. When cusps or walls break on a tooth, a dental crown is the solution of choice for long-term success. To find out about repair options and prognosis for a broken tooth, ask your Kitchener Dentist for restorative options and related costs.
Thanks for reading today!
By Dr. Kyle Hornby, Kitchener Dentist
Our Kitchener Dental Clinic is conveniently located in Downtown Kitchener and we are a short drive away for families in Waterloo, Breslau & Stratford.
This article is meant to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Accordingly, always seek the advice of your Kitchener Dentist or other healthcare provider regarding a dental condition or treatment.