Fillings are a repair measure to treat small-to-modest-sized tooth decay. While they are meant to last for several years, they rarely last a lifetime. As the years roll by, the pervasive bacteria in your mouth can weaken a filling or exploit the cement holding it to the surrounding healthy tooth enamel. This is even more likely to happen if you have large fillings, or if you have inconsistent oral hygiene practices.
If a large filling is lost, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to secure a new filling. Should this prove to be the case, your dentists, Drs. Moore and Moore, might recommend restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown.
The dentists 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 need to be performed. Then, they 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 will be 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 as the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.
If one of your teeth is missing a filling, you should not delay in calling Moore Dental Services at (859) 525-0507 to have it examined and treated with a dental crown in Florence, Kentucky.