What do you do if you bite into something hard—say an almond, piece of candy, or a piece of ice—you could crack your tooth. Of course, we believe you should visit a dentist as soon as possible. It will be harder to keep your mouth clean if your teeth are cracked and you’ll be more susceptible to gum disease.
But, what will your dentist do? Honestly, they will probably recommend a filling or a crown—but which is best for you?
Fillings are the cheaper option, and are generally used to fill in a cavity or to repair trauma, regardless of its source. Incidentally, if you bite your nails or grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend a filling.
However, if your tooth has little structure remaining, your dentist will probably choose a crown to strengthen the tooth. For example, if a filling falls out or breaks, your dentist will probably recommend placing a crown rather than using a new filling. Similarly, if you would require a large filling—something that would fill about half of your tooth—a crown will probably be your best option.
Similarly, while both a filling and a crown will restore your ability to speak and chew comfortably, a crown should give you more stability for a longer time. This is important because many insurance companies will not cover a filling or a crown for a tooth that has had a filling within the last two years. This means that even if you are striving to save time and money by having a filling, you could actually spend more.
Of course, we recommend visiting a dentist for specific advice. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us today. We are excited to hear from you.