DeChellis & Stonestreet Dentistry
A Great Dentist
(330) 726-8060
Youngstown, OH 44512

Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?

If you have decay and we have recommended a crown instead of a filling, you might have some questions as to why this type of restoration is necessary.

We get it! We want you to understand your conditions as well as the treatment options available so you can make a good decision regarding your oral health.

In cases of decay, the proper restoration really depends on how quickly we are able to diagnose and treat your condition. If it has been awhile since you have visited the dentist, conditions such as decay and gum disease can progress quickly. That is why we recommend regular dental exams and professional dental cleanings at least every six months.

Small instances of decay are often able to be treated using tooth-colored fillings. We will remove decay and fill the cavity in your tooth, polishing it to bring it to a beautiful shine. In cases of deep decay that can affect the structure of your tooth, however, a dental crown may be a more appropriate treatment. A dental crown protects and strengthens your tooth by completely covering it like a protective helmet. That way, it absorbs some of the force from chewing.

If you have questions about your recommended treatment, contact our Boardman or Columbiana dental office to schedule your next exam. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy smile!

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