A filling is often used to repair a cavity or small chip in tooth enamel. While the initial bond with the surrounding tooth enamel is very strong, fillings can gradually weaken with time. You are even more likely to have a filling fail if you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene.
This allows the natural bacteria living in your mouth to attack the microscopic seam of the filling. This can allow bacteria access to the otherwise healthy tooth enamel. Without timely treatment, the filling could fall out or a new area of tooth decay could form.
In a situation like this, Dr. John Freemon might recommend the total restoration of the tooth enamel with a dental crown in Woodstock, Georgia.
This is essentially a 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 be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.
Dr. John Freemon will make a detailed impression of the area after all the tooth enamel has been removed. The impression itself will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.
A hard, plastic cap, called a temporary crown, will be secured over the abutment. This temporary crown does not actually restore the full function of the tooth. It is only meant to protect the abutment while you wait for your new crown to be ready.
A member of our staff will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Once the temporary crown has been removed, your dentist will cement the crown onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.
If you have a problematic or missing filling, you should call 770-928-0871 to schedule an appointment at our office.