If you’ve ever been told that you needed to have a tooth crowned, one of the first questions you probably asked was, “can I just have it filled, instead?” This is an excellent question as the condition is sometimes confusing.

Here’s what you need to know:

A filling goes inside of your tooth, the crown goes around it

The point of a crown is to encompass the entire remaining tooth and protect it from the external elements. A filling is to patch or repair a small portion inside of a tooth that was damaged due to decay. Compare it to patching a tire and continuing to drive on the worn out tire – eventually the entire tire will need to be replaced. Continuing to patch it across the entire surface could result in serious problems when you’re out on the road.

Chewing pressure needs to be distributed

If a tooth is broken or decayed significantly, placing a large filling in the tooth will not allow the tooth to continue functioning normally. Instead, it places chewing pressure on abnormal points of the tooth – which eventually results in severe fractures. Even after filling it, you may never be able to confidently chew on the tooth because something “doesn’t feel quite right.” By covering the entire tooth with a crown, those chewing pressures can be distributed normally. Using the tooth for normal biting and chewing purposes won’t be a problem, as the tooth’s life is extended by several years.

Putting a crown off for too long could result in tooth loss

Avoiding treatment means the remaining tooth structure will continue to wear or erode, as it is already compromised. This happens at an accelerated pace, since the tooth is structurally unsound. In just a few months’ time, a tooth may eventually reach the point of being non-restorable, because there is not enough healthy tooth structure remaining. The only option left would be to have the tooth removed.

Ask about inlays and onlays

Sometimes a tooth is far beyond the point of being filled, but doesn’t quite have to have a crown. Thanks to restorations called “inlays” and “onlays,” your tooth can be repaired with an option that is also sometimes called a “three-quarter crown.” Dr. Alizadeh offers inlays and onlays in our Carmichael dental office, giving you more flexibility when it comes to restoring your smile. An inlay or onlay rebuilds and repairs a larger portion of your tooth than what is possible with a filling – yet it doesn’t cover the entire tooth all at once. In essence, inlays and onlays help you maximize the little healthy tooth structure that is left before a crown is your only option.

Marconi Dental Group has an in-house dental lab and a master lab technician, so we can create all of your custom crowns, inlays and onlays right here in our office. Schedule an exam with Dr. Alizadeh today to learn more.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.


In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.


The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.