Dental fillings are intended to repair cavities for a long period of time. However, as time goes on, the bacteria in your mouth can actually start to attack the seam where the filling meets the healthy tooth enamel. If the bacteria eventually gain access, they can cause additional pockets of tooth decay and compromise the cement that is holding the filling in place.
If a filling is going bad, or if it has recently fallen out of your tooth, there might not be sufficient enamel remaining for your dentist, Dr. Ralph Hoffmann, to place a new filling. In a case like this, your dentist will often recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The process of placing a crown begins by your dentist examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. This helps your dentist determine if the decay has penetrated to the pulp or root of the tooth. If the decay runs deep into the tooth, your dentist might need to perform a root canal before the tooth can be fitted for a crown.
If the decay is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, the dentist will remove most of the enamel to form an abutment. This little post will eventually anchor the crown into place.
A detailed impression will then be taken of the abutment and corresponding teeth. The abutment will be covered by a temporary crown and the impression will be sent to the dental lab where your crown will be produced.
When your crown is ready, we will call you back into Prosthodontics of the Carolinas for a brief follow-up appointment. During this appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will cemented onto the abutment.
If you have a bad or missing filling, you should call Prosthodontics of the Carolinas at 704-364-3770 to schedule an appointment.