Using a Crown to Restore a Tooth with a Missing Filling

Using a Crown to Restore a Tooth with a Missing Filling

A filling is intended to repair a small to medium sized area of tooth decay. While all fillings are meant to last for a long time, they can also be knocked out by chips and fractures or the natural processes of bacteria in your mouth weakened the cement that holds them in place. The older and larger a filling is more likely to be lost.

If there isn’t enough healthy enamel left to repair the tooth with a new filling, your dentist at Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates might recommend having the entire enamel layer of the tool restored with a crown made from an artificial material, like gold, base metal or porcelain.

To restoring a tooth with a crown usually involves two separate appointments.

At the first appointment Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates will examine the tooth, to assess the overall health of the tooth and extent of any existing decay. If damage or decay extends beyond the enamel layer, your dentist might need to perform a root canal to provide enough healthy structure to anchor a crown.

Then the dentist will create an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer. This leaves behind a small amount to protect the interior of the tooth. Later on this abutment, will anchor your new crown.

An impression is then taken of the area, which is sent to a dental lab, that makes your new crown. A temporary crown is placed over the abutment to keep it safe, while you wait for the dental lab to complete your new crown.

When your permanent crown is ready Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates will call you in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is cemented in place.

If you have a tooth that has recently lost a filling, you need to call Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates at 919-471-9106 to schedule an appointment.

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