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Any treatment that is recommended for you by our dentists is dependent upon your individual circumstances.
Before any treatment is advised your mouth will be first studied carefully in a comprehensive clinical assessment. Thereafter, the dentist will make a diagnosis based upon all the information collected.
Amongst the treatment advised sometimes it might include a crown or a filling. These two treatments are very different and chosen for different reasons. Both fillings and crowns are also called “Restorations” because of the restore the tooth back to its original shape and size. We proudly carry out all our dental treatments at our Hertford practice.
Most general dental practitioners can carry out both types of treatments.
When will I need a filling?
A filling is an artificial material that is used to re-build a tooth that has been left with a cavity (hole) in it. This could either be by damage from breakage or disintegration by dental decay (infection).
The filling is used to restore the tooth back to its original shape and morphology.
A filling is usually recommended when most of the tooth remains intact. In order to do a proper filling, we need to have at least two or three properly supporting tooth walls remaining.
Fillings can be used to restore deep cavities or large cavities. Infections or fractures occur unpredictably and so can “eat away” at a tooth in different ways. This results in the filling being of different shapes and sizes. Are your teeth straight?
Fillings are not done to structurally support the tooth. They add no additional strength benefits. They only repair and restore that part of the tooth which is lost to make a tooth whole again.
When will I need a crown?
A crown is recommended when you have lost most of the tooth structure and it requires considerable building up.
These types of teeth often need a core filling placed inside them and then the tooth reshaped for a crown. Find out more about how we can repair your smile.
The crown is needed to protect the overall tooth and dissipate the biting forces over the whole of the tooth.
For this reason, the biting surface of a crown needs to be very accurate. A crown provides the tooth with support, repair and protection. However, they do require more preparation than fillings.
When a cosmetic dentist treats a tooth with a crown they use all the principals of smile design in order to construct it. So they make the crown the same colour as its neighbouring teeth with high realistic aesthetics.
The shape of the crown is also taken into consideration to blend in with the rest of the mouth. This crown should not stand out as an artificial tooth.