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What is the difference between dental fillings and crowns?

Dental fillings and crowns are both used in restorative dentistry - these are not cosmetic procedures. Dental fillings and crowns are both used to restore the function and comfort of the affected tooth or teeth. When dental fillings and crowns are used, there is typically a rotten tooth to treat. However, dental fillings are used when the tooth decay is minor and dental crowns are used when a large portion of the tooth has decayed.

What are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are used to replace dental tissue that has been lost to decay or some sort of trauma. The process works by Dr. Liberman using novocaine, or some other type of pain killer, and then drilling away the affected area. This whole process is relatively pain free. After the decayed or traumatized area is removed, then Dr. Liberman will use a composite material of tooth-colored material, which then fills in the removed area, leaving the patient with a strong and healthy tooth. Dental fillings are used in minor tooth cavities and trauma.

Typically, dental fillings are expected to last anywhere from 5-10 years. However, like many procedures in restorative dentistry, dental fillings can last a very long time - but only if a patient is conscientious and is diligent with his or her dental hygiene. With the right dental hygiene, dental fillings can last for decades.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are used when there is a more serious situations, such as covering and supporting a large cavity, provide protection after a root canal, return structural integrity to a chipped or broken tooth, improve the shape or appearance of a tooth, and, with the use of a dental implant, replace a missing tooth.

Dental crowns are often used in conjunction with dental bridges. The dental bridge covers the affected tooth, and to support the affected tooth, dental crowns are placed on top of the two adjacent teeth. Dental crowns are typically made out of porcelain and zirconia.

Dental crowns have a lifespan that is a little bit longer than dental fillings: dental crowns can last around 10-15 years. The same rule applies to dental crowns as to dental fillings; if you have strong dental hygiene, then the dental crowns can last well beyond 10-15 years.

Which Procedure is Right for Me?

If you think you have a cavity, chipped tooth, or any other trauma that is affecting the overall function of your mouth, then you need to come to Great Neck Family Dentist and have Dr. Julie Liberman take a look. During a thorough and comprehensive consultation - which may include X-rays - Dr. Liberman and you will discuss your medical history and what your goals are. Dr. Liberman will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you receive the dental care that you need. If you are a family, if you have a young child, or you are a senior, Great Neck Family Dentist is the right dentist office for you. Dr. Liberman has been faithfully serving the Great Neck and Nassau County communities for years and many more years to come.

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