Fillings are typically made from porcelain, gold, amalgam, or composite resin. They are commonly used to repair small chips and cavities. As time goes on, the bacteria in your mouth can gradually weaken the connection between the surrounding healthy tooth enamel and the filling. This process can be significantly accelerated if you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene.
On a long enough timeline, this can cause the filling to loosen and potentially fall out. Sometimes your dentist, Dr. Jason Brown, can repair the tooth by removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel before cementing a new, larger filling in place. If the lost filling was large or if a new cavity has formed, he might advocate replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.
Dr. Jason Brown will want to examine the tooth in question and take some X-rays. It’s important to make sure that no cavities have developed. Then, he will remove the tooth enamel, leaving behind a small post-like structure called an abutment. This will later anchor your crown into your mouth.
Dr. Jason Brown will then make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth before covering it with a temporary crown. The impression will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians prepare the crown.
When your crown is ready, you will need to come in for a brief follow-up appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and Dr. Jason Brown will cement your new crown into place with a strong dental adhesive.
If you have a tooth missing a filling, you should not delay in calling 630-245-0200 to have it treated at North Pointe Dental Care.