Do I Need a Dental Crown or a Filling?


Fillings and crowns are two of the most common restorative dentistry treatments today. Both restorations can improve functionality, enhance your appearance, and strengthen weakened teeth. However, the two services are used for very different issues and are not appropriate in the same situations.

Fillings are smaller and require much less preparatory work. Crowns, on the other hand, will fully cover a damaged tooth, and a significant amount of dental tissue will need to be removed to place the restoration.

So, which treatment is right for you? Here’s a look at the main differences between receiving a filling and receiving a dental crown.

Dental Fillings

When you think of dental fillings, it’s likely that you associate cavities with them. In cases of minor to moderate decay, fillings are indeed the treatment of choice. The material will strengthen your weakened tooth and seal the opening so that bacteria cannot return.

For many years, fillings were always made of metal. While many people just don't want an ugly, black or silver metal plug in their teeth (which can cause tooth decay later on), here at Rasmussen Dental, we offer state-of-the-art restorations that are a natural-looking white. Our fillings don’t contain metals and they can actually strengthen your teeth! As an added plus, our fillings are bonded very tightly with the healthy part of the tooth, so there is much less chance of decay in the future.

Dental Crowns

If you’re suffering from a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth, it may be time for a dental crown. A crown will encase your tooth. To provide a lifelike crown, your tooth will be reshaped, removing a significant amount of dental tissue. This process will prevent further decay, and it will also make room for the restoration.

Then, the Rasmussen Dental team will use our state-of-the-art CEREC system to scan your tooth. The scanner will generate 3-D images, and these will upload to an in-office milling machine. In as little as an hour, the machine will produce a crown that is a near-perfect match to the shape and color of your tooth. These modern restorations dramatically reduce cracking, lowering the likelihood of needing future root canal treatment. Because the crowns are custom fit, CEREC dental crowns are bonded to the tooth with the optimum strength available.

At Rasmussen Dental, we are pleased to be among the first in your community to offer same-day, custom dental crowns with our CEREC machine. No more temporaries, additional visits, or incorrectly-fitted crowns. In just one visit, you will walk out with a custom crown and a big, bright smile.

If you have a damaged tooth, stop putting off going to the dentist and receiving the care you need. Contact our office today to find out which treatment is most appropriate for you.