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A dental filling is commonly used to repair a tooth that has suffered from a small cavity or minor dental fracture. While this treatment is intended to last for a long time, it is possible for a filling to eventually fail. If one of your fillings falls out, you could be at increased risk of suffering a severe dental fracture.

In a situation like this, it’s important to seek professional dental care at Dr. Brian A. Moore’s dental clinic in Florence, Kentucky. The longer you delay, the more likely you are to experience significant complications.

If there’s not enough viable tooth enamel remaining to anchor a new filling, Dr. Brian A. Moore might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown. This will essentially replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate material of similar strength.

Dr. Brian A. Moore will start by examining the tooth in question and taking some X-rays to assess the overall health of the tooth. Once this is done he will remove the tooth enamel, leaving behind a small post-like structure called an abutment. This will eventually anchor the dental crown in your mouth.

A detailed impression will be created to represent the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to aid special dental technicians in creating your crown. To protect the abutment from harm Dr. Brian A. Moore will secure a hard-plastic temporary crown over it.

When your dental crown is ready, you will need to return for a second appointment. Dr. Brian A. Moore will then cement your permanent crown in place with a strong dental adhesive. This will fully restore the tooth and your normal oral function.

If you live in Florence, Kentucky, and you have a tooth missing a filling, you should not delay in call (859) 525-0507 to have it treated at Moore Dental Services.