Melville Family Dental

Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?

Each dental restoration serves a different purpose when repairing teeth. In most cases, we offer aesthetic tooth-coloured restorations to blend in naturally with your smile. We may recommend a dental crown to repair broken or deeply decayed teeth because they add strength and durability that prolongs the life of your tooth.

We use dental crowns created by a trusted local dental lab to completely cover your tooth above the gumline. When you chew, dental crowns support your tooth by taking most of the force and protecting the structure underneath.

Fillings seal teeth after removing decay and can provide cosmetic reshaping of teeth. Composite, the tooth-coloured material we use to fill teeth, will match the shape and colour of your tooth. Your Melville dentist will apply the composite in layers and harden it with a curing light. The dentist will polish the filling to blend in with the tooth and keep out bacteria.

Onlays and inlays are lab-created restorations that are a hybrid of an indirect filling and a dental crown. They cover a portion of the tooth to repair a fracture or improve the bite.

We will always discuss your restorative options and help you make an informed decision. Whether you need a filling or crown, we welcome you to get in touch with our Melville dental practice.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.