Dental fillings can only repair a modest-sized cavity for a limited amount of time. It’s natural and even expected for your oral bacteria to slowly compromise the filling or weaken the cement that is holding it to the surrounding tooth enamel. When a filling is lost, there often is not enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to safely anchor a new filling.
When this happens, your dentist, Dr. Keven R. Mills, often recommends having the tooth enamel replaced with a dental crown in Granite Bay, California. The process begins with our dentist examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to make sure no new decay has formed in the sensitive interior of the tooth.
Your dentist will then use a drill to remove the majority of the tooth enamel, leaving the healthy interior completely unaffected. This abutment will later anchor the crown firmly in your mouth.
Then, he will cast a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Next, the abutment is covered by a hard, plastic cap known as a temporary crown. The impression will be sent off to the dental lab where your new crown will be created.
Dr. Keven R. Mills will call you back into our office for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. At this time, he will remove the temporary crown and will cement your new permanent crown into place.
If you have recently lost a filling on one of your teeth, you should call us at 916-791-7227 to have the tooth treated to prevent further complications.