Modest-sized cavities are often repaired by an ordinary dental filling made from gold, amalgam, porcelain or composite resin. As time passes, the natural bacteria in your mouth can slowly compromise the cement that is anchoring the filling in place. In general, large and old fillings are more likely to fall out.
If a large filling is lost, or if a new area of decay forms around it, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to secure a new filling. If this is the case for you, your dentist, Dr. Truong Nguyen, might recommend totally restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Your dentist will examine the tooth to assess the severity of the decay. If the decay has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth, a root canal might be needed. Then, he will use a drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.
A detailed impression will be made of the area. This will be sent to our dental lab where your final crown is made. Then, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.
We will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief because the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.
If you have a tooth that is missing a filling, or if you suspect that a filling is going bad, you should call Always Dental Care at 484.392.7687 to explore your treatment options.