When Large Fillings Can Go Without CrownsIf a large filling is inside your tooth, but only a minor hole comes to the surface of the tooth, sometimes the filling can be placed in a way that only allows a tiny portion of the filling to be exposed. In this specific instance, a crown is often unnecessary.
The reason that crowns are put over a large filling is because the filling is often exposed in larger amounts. This means something as simple as chewing can loosen the filling and cause it to fall out. A crown is like a cap, and it covers the exposed portion of the filling. This protects the filling from getting loose, and keeps it in place. This allows your tooth to remain strong, and it keeps your mouth fully functional, whereas a cracked or missing tooth would take away some functionality of the tooth.
When you have a large cavity that requires a large filling, it is best to talk to your dentist or your prosthodontist about what option would be best for your tooth. The more protected you can keep your teeth, the longer they will last and the healthier they will remain. Let your prosthodontist decide the best way to keep your tooth safe, and go with their experienced advice. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (920) 278-7678.