The Difference Between Fillings And Crowns

fillings and crowns With the National Institute of Health reporting that nearly 90% of all adults have had or will have decay in their teeth, it’s imperative to take care of your dental and oral health. But what if it’s a little too late to start brushing your teeth and flossing right this second? Thankfully, there are numerous procedures that can help. Which one is the right one for you? Here, we’ll go over the two most common treatments, fillings and crowns, as well as introduce you to less common ones.


Fillings are the most common and basic dental decay ameliorative. When a cavity, typically small, develops in a tooth, a filling is used to seal the area and prevent the cavity from growing. Though a filling can be made up of amalgam, composite resins, and even gold, fillings are the most affordable, fastest, and typically most effective treatments for minimal tooth decay.


A dental crown is the largest dental decay ameliorative. It caps the entire tooth surface above the gum line. When a tooth has decayed beyond repair to the point that everyday use is not possible for the tooth, a crown is implemented. Crowns can be designed to look just like your other teeth from shape to color, so the appearance of a crown can be difficult to detect. Though they can be made from all metals, such as gold, stainless steel, other alloys, and porcelain or ceramic, crowns may chip occasionally and further reconstruction would be necessary.

Inlays and Onlays 

When total coverage of a tooth is not necessary, inlays or onlays can be used similarly to crowns. Depending on the area of defect, either an inlay or onlay is used. When there is structural degradation inside the tooth, an inlay is placed inside the empty space.

Onlays function very similarly, though, like crowns, can take more than one visit to fully set, as onlays are used to restore a larger part of the tooth.

Other Forms Of Dental Procedures 

There are many more forms of dental reconstruction procedures; however. Such as bridges, implants, dentures, and veneers.

Which Is Right For Me? 

Wondering which procedure you need? Well, thankfully, Dr. Louisa Gallegos and our staff are willing to lend our ears and expertise! Give us a call! We’d love to help at 303-316-4034!

Louisa Gallegos, DDS, MSD Prosthodontist

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