Jeffrey J Tibbs DDS PA

Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?

If you have a root canal treatment or trauma to your tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to prevent breakage or save your tooth from extraction.

Root Canal Treatment in Winston-Salem

We use root canal treatment to clear away deep root infections. Without this treatment, the infection can spread, compromise your neighboring teeth, and give you a severe toothache with jaw swelling.

After your dentist in Winston-Salem clears away the deep root infection, we close the area with a temporary filling to promote healing. At your next dental visit, we provide a tooth-colored filling if the tooth is stable. However, if the tooth is vulnerable to breakage, your dentist typically recommends a dental crown, which creates a buffer zone between your bite and your weak tooth.

For deep decay that compromises your tooth's stability, your dentist may also recommend a dental crown instead of a filling.

If you do have a dental crown, you only have to brush and floss as usual. A tooth crown does not require special care and can be treated like a natural tooth. Of course, you’ll want to visit your dentist regularly for dental exams and teeth cleanings.

A Dental Crown Can Save Your Tooth

If you have a weak or broken tooth, contact our dental office to schedule an exam.

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