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What is the difference between a filling and a crown?

Fillings and crowns are two common dental procedures used to restore damaged teeth. However, there are some key differences between the two.


A filling is a material that is used to fill in a hole in a tooth. Fillings are typically made of composite resin, amalgam, or gold. They are used to repair small cavities or chips in teeth. Fillings can also be used to whiten teeth or change their shape.


A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two. They are used to restore teeth that have been severely damaged by decay, trauma, or a large filling. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth.

Which is better, a filling or a crown?

The best option for you will depend on the specific needs of your tooth. If you have a small cavity or chip, a filling may be sufficient. However, if your tooth is severely damaged, a crown may be the best option to restore its strength and function.

Here are some factors that your dentist will consider when deciding whether to recommend a filling or a crown:

  • The extent of the damage to your tooth
  • The location of the damage
  • Your overall oral health
  • Your budget

If you are unsure whether you need a filling or a crown, be sure to talk to your dentist. They can assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of treatment for you.

Here are some additional things to consider when choosing between a filling and a crown:

  • Cost: Fillings are typically less expensive than crowns. However, the cost of crowns can vary depending on the materials used and the complexity of the procedure.
  • Durability: Crowns are generally more durable than fillings. They can last for many years, while fillings may need to be replaced after 5-10 years.
  • Appearance: Crowns can improve the appearance of teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma. They can also be used to whiten teeth or change their shape.
  • Comfort: Fillings are typically less invasive than crowns. They do not require as much tooth structure to be removed, so they may be more comfortable for some people.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to get a filling or a crown is a personal one. You should discuss your options with a dentist here at Verve Dental Collins Street, and choose the treatment that is best for you.

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