Don\u2019t ignore a toothache. If you\u2019ve been feeling persistent tooth pain, you should schedule an appointment with our emergency dentist. Depending on the extent of tooth decay, our dentist may recommend either a cavity filling or a dental crown. Continue reading to learn the differences between these dental services so you can make an informed decision regarding your oral health. As always, don\u2019t hesitate to call our Hudsonville office if you have specific questions regarding dental treatment. Dental Crown \tTreats severe tooth decay or damage \tCovers and strengthens tooth \tRequires dental impressions Cavity Filling \tTreats minor tooth decay or damage \tFills in tooth \tNo dental impressions needed Dental Crown The only way to cure tooth decay is to drill out the cavity before it spreads. If the cavity is too big for a filling, our dentist will recommend a porcelain crown to strengthen the tooth. The extent of tooth decay will ultimately determine if our dentist recommends a filling or crown. Once a cavity reaches a certain size, our dentist won\u2019t be able to drill out the decayed tooth matter without compromising the structural integrity of your tooth. Thankfully, a dental crown covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line, restoring its natural strength. A porcelain crown also matches the color of your natural tooth enamel so you can smile with confidence. While crowns typically last longer than fillings, they do require that tooth enamel be removed. Our dentist will remove enough enamel so that the crown fits over your tooth but once tooth enamel is gone, you can never get it back. However, you\u2019re much better off with a dental crown if your tooth has been made fragile by a large cavity or repeated dental procedures. A tooth crown will last you for years to come. Cavity Filling Cavities are caused by untreated dental plaque. If the cavity is small enough, our dentist will recommend you get a filling. Unlike a crown, a dental filling doesn\u2019t require the removal of tooth enamel. Instead, our dentist will only remove decayed tooth matter before filling the hole with composite resin or amalgam. Many of our patients appreciate that a tooth filling is less invasive than a crown. Since composite resin fillings match the color of your natural enamel, we recommend them for teeth that show when you smile and talk. During the procedure, our dentist will remove as little tooth enamel as possible to restore your smile. If your teeth are too badly decayed or damaged, our dentist will recommend dental crowns. Discuss with Our Dentists Today If you are unsure on what exactly you need, please don\u2019t hesitate to call our dental office. Our dentists will be more than happy to examine your smile and determine the best treatment for you. The best way to maintain a healthy smile is to never ignore severe tooth pain. Dental pain is your body\u2019s way of telling you something is wrong.Our Hudsonville, MI, dentists are dedicated to helping you maintain good oral health by providing fillings, crowns, dental implants, veneers, and other services. To schedule your appointment for emergency dental care, call (616) 209-4024. This blog post has been updated.