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Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?

If you’ve had fillings to repair your teeth in the past, you may wonder why Dr. Chen is recommending a crown for your tooth now. A crown is beneficial for a tooth that has been compromised beyond what a filling can safely repair. This includes cases such as:

  • A tooth that has had root canal therapy.
  • An old filling or other restoration that has broken or failed.
  • A tooth that has broken, is cracked, or is fractured with less than half of it remaining.
  • A tooth that has deep decay.

A crown replaces your entire tooth structure and fits over what remains in order to effectively protect your natural root. It will also give you the same function of eating and chewing that you had with your natural tooth.

Dr. Chen will customize your crown not only to match the shape of your tooth, but also the shade. This means that the esthetics of your smile won’t change, and no one will ever notice your new tooth.

If you have questions about your treatment recommendations or you need to know which treatment may be right for your needs, please contact Ocean Smiles Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chen.

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