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How Are Dental Crowns & Fillings Different?

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At Edgewater Dental Arts, we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all treatment. Instead, we treat each of our patients as an individual and respond to their individual oral health needs. For example, we use both dental fillings and dental crowns to treat patients with cavities. So how do we decide which to use? Read on to learn more!

How Do Cavities Form?

At any given moment, your mouth is full of oral bacteria. Much of the bacteria is beneficial and plays an important role in digestion, but some is not. This “bad” bacteria feeds on the sugars and starches you eat, breaking down those compounds into acid. With poor oral hygiene, that acid can begin wearing away on tooth enamel. Over time, this creates holes, or cavities, in your teeth. Without treatment, the decay can advance and become infected. Our team uses both dental crowns and dental fillings to treat cavities before they become a major issue.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns cover the part of your tooth above the gum line like a protective cap. They are a versatile treatment used not only for cavities, but also for cracked teeth and other issues. We usually use crowns when tooth decay is more advanced. We custom-create each crown we use, so you can rest assured that the crown will fit your tooth and match your smile.

What Are Dental Fillings?

If the amount of damage is relatively small, we may opt for a filling over a crown. First, we’ll remove the decayed part of the tooth and clean out the cavity. Then, we’ll use a composite filling to fill the space. Not only does this protect your tooth from further damage, it restores its function too.

Dental Fillings & Crowns at Edgewater Dental Arts

While dental fillings and dental crowns have different uses, both are important for treating cavities. To ask our team any questions or to schedule an appointment, call our office today!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.