Cheryl M.

It may be that with certain jaw movements that that tooth does come into contact with other teeth and therefore receives biting pressure, and thus could benefit from the protection (strengthening effect) of a crown.

With a little testing, you should be able to determine this, and possibly you already have.

If the filling and tooth are in good repair, and it receives zero chewing forces, we tend to agree with you that we're unclear of the benefit that the crown will provide.

If the there is an obvious defect with the tooth or filling, possibly the dentist feels that the needed restoration is so large that creating one "in the mouth" (as fillings are) would be difficult if not impossible, or would produce less ideal results.

Beyond that, if the tooth has had root canal treatment your dentist may feel that a crown creates a better seal over the tooth, thus better protecting that work.

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