A Tooth Suffering from a Lost Filling Might Need to Be Repaired by a Crown

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At our office, Dr. Bin H. Park, often uses fillings to repair modest-sized cavities. While they are meant to last for a long time, no filling can last forever. Poor oral hygiene habits can further encourage the natural bacteria living in your mouth to weaken the dental adhesive cementing a filling to the surrounding enamel. Should this occur, the bacteria might infiltrate a new area of decay within the tooth, causing the filling to fail.

Sometimes there isn’t enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to secure a new filling in the void. In a case like this, your dentist will likely recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown in Corona, California.

The first step involves your dentist examining the tooth to make sure no new decay has set in. If decay has penetrated the sensitive interior of the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal. This mode of treatment will remove infected material and restore the missing structure.

Once any issues with the internal structure have been addressed, your dentist will form an abutment out of the core of the tooth. This post-like structure will later anchor the crown in your mouth.

Your dentist will then take an impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be prepared. A temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you await the completion of your crown.

Once the dental lab technician has finished your new crown, we will call you back in for a brief follow-up appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you’ve recently had a filling fall out, you should call 951-898-5658 to have it treated and repaired.