Fillings Vs. Crowns

What happens when you develop a cavity? What about when a tooth becomes chipped or cracked following a sports-related accident? In these cases, you will benefit from restorative dentistry, which may include fillings and crowns. When it comes to fillings vs. crowns, which fits your smile best?

Dental Fillings

At one time, amalgam (metal) fillings were your only choice for addressing tooth decay. Fortunately, recent advances allow dentists to correct cavities with composite resin fillings. Using a metal-free material that can be shaded to better blend with surrounding tooth structure, this restorative option looks completely natural.

Dental Crowns

With a dental crown, we place a cap over the visible part of your tooth. Designed to look and function like a real tooth, crowns protect the remaining tooth structure and help patients avoid further decay or infection. We can make crowns from solid ceramic, a strong and durable material that mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel. In the past, receiving a crown meant at least two visits and an interim period of wearing a temporary restoration. However, using CEREC technology, we can now c raft and place a crown in just one visit, meaning no more temporary restorations.

Which Procedure Works Best?

The procedure we choose will depend on a number of factors, including the cause of severity of your dental damage. For example, a minor cavity will likely only require a filling. While a seriously damaged tooth or one with advanced dental caries may benefit from the placement of a crown. Both options offer many of the same benefits, including:

  • Natural appearance
  • Can be completed in one visit
  • Strong restorations
  • Improving dental function.

If you have any questions or concerns, then please contact our office right away to speak to our friendly and knowledgeable office staff.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.