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The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth often have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel of the biting surfaces. These occlusal textures help the teeth chew and grind tough foods efficiently. Unfortunately, they can gradually capture food matter and bacterial deposits.

This could easily create large cavities that require large inlay and onlay fillings for repair. As the years go by, the bacteria in your mouth can weaken the bond between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel. As this starts to happen, you might experience heightened sensitivity or discomfort when chewing tough foods.

To treat a tooth with a distressed inlay or onlay filling, Dr. John Freemon might need to perform a dental crown restoration.

This is a near-perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow to allow it to anchor onto a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.

Your dentist will remove all the tooth enamel and make a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.

A temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment. This temporary crown does not actually restore the full function of the tooth. Its only purpose is to protect the abutment while the dental lab technician prepares the final crown.

We will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Once it has been cemented onto the abutment, you can expect the newly restored tooth to last for many years ahead.

If you live in the Woodstock, Georgia, area and you have a tooth with a distressed filling, you need to call 770-928-0871 to seek treatment at John F. Freemon, DMD, PC.