Dr. Shirin Mashhoon routinely uses fillings to repair modest areas of tooth decay. As time passes, it’s possible for the bacteria in your mouth to gain access to the cement anchoring the filling to the tooth. This can allow a new area of decay to form within the tooth. In time, this could make the filling fall out.
If the filling was large or if there is new decay, there might not be enough strong and healthy enamel remaining for your dentist to apply a new filling. One of the most effective ways to treat a problem like this is to replace all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown in Durham, North Carolina.
Your dentist will start the treatment by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to make sure the sensitive internal structures of the tooth are healthy. If new decay has compromised the pulp or root of the tooth, your dentist might need to perform a root canal.
Your dentist will then numb the area with Novocain before using a drill to remove all remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind a small post called an abutment, which will eventually anchor your new crown.
Our team will make a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then, we will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown in place. The impression will then be sent to our dental lab where your new crown will be produced.
A member of our staff will call you to schedule the second appointment when your new crown is ready. We will then remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place.
If you’ve recently lost a filling, or if you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, you should call Ninth Street Dental at 919-286-9090 to have it treated and restored.