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.

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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