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Do you have a tooth that is cracked or decayed? Do you ever wonder how your dentist might repair it, or why they may recommend covering your tooth with a crown instead of simply giving you a filling? Today, to answer these questions and help you know what to expect, we’re happy to discuss the benefits of crowns and fillings.

Generally, if a filling falls out or breaks, your dentist will probably recommend placing a crown rather than using a new filling. Similarly, if you would require a large filling—something that would fill about half of your tooth—a crown will probably be your best option.

Some people try to save money by having a filling placed. Granted, this can be an effective option, but long-term, it may actually be more costly. You see, a dentist will often recommend a crown to provide your tooth with additional support, and while a filling will do the same, it will leave your tooth more vulnerable. This is mostly a problem because many insurance companies will not cover a filling or a crown for a tooth that has had a filling within the last two years. This means that even if you are striving to save time and money by having a filling, you could actually spend more.

Of course, we recommend visiting a dentist for specific advice. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us today. We are excited to hear from you.