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Crowns vs. Fillings: Which One Do I Need and Why?, Marietta

Crowns vs. Fillings: Which One Do I Need and Why?

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When you have an obvious cavity, fractured tooth, or old filling that needs to be changed out, you have two options to choose from: dental fillings or crowns. How can you know which one you really need?

One of the most common questions we hear at Dental Care Center at Kennestone is “Why do I need a crown? Can’t I just get a dental filling instead?” If you’re wondering the same thing, here are some factors to keep in mind.

What is the Tooth’s Overall Integrity Like?
Dental fillings go inside of teeth, while dental crowns surround them on the outside. In order for one to be better than the other, we’ll have to assess how much tooth enamel there is and its integrity.

A filling will need enough stable enamel to wrap around it to keep it in place. If the filling is extremely large, there will only be a thin shell of enamel around it. That means biting down to eat could easily crack the tooth in two. So, the more decay or damage there is, the more likely you’ll need a crown instead of a filling.

Is There Existing Dental Work?
Any time you have an existing dental restoration, the immediately surrounding tooth structure has to be “prepped” for a new, updated restoration. If you don’t have enough structure to work with, a filling can easily turn into a crown.

Consultations at Dental Care Center at Kennestone

Whether you’re looking for a minimally invasive filling or a protective full-coverage crown, you can trust the experienced team at Dental Care Center at Kennestone. Call us today to request an exam.

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Dental Care Center at Kennestone

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  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

    Nancy M.
  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
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    It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and they don’t try to sell you on things you don’t need.

    Donna D.
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