Fillings are generally used to repair a small to medium size cavity. In time, the natural bacteria in your mouth can start to erode the cement that attaches a filling to the remaining tooth enamel. The older and larger a filling is, the more likely it is to fail.
If a filling fails or falls out, there might not be enough healthy enamel remaining for New Image Dental Group to adequately secure a new filling. In a situation like this, we often recommend having the entire enamel layer of the tool restored with a crown.
During the first appointment, New Image Dental Group will inspect the tooth to assess the extent of the decay. If the area of decay extends deep down into the internal structures of the tooth, you might need a root canal to restore sufficient structure to mount a crown.
Your dentist will then form an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer. This leaves behind a small amount to protect the interior of the tooth. This abutment will later serve to anchor your permanent crown in place.
At the end of the first appointment, New Image Dental Group will take an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab that makes your new crown. A temporary crown is placed over the abutment to keep it safe while you wait for the dental lab to complete your new crown.
Once the dental lab has finished your new crown, New Image Dental Group will call you in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crown is removed, and your new permanent crown is cemented in place.
If you have recently lost a filling on one of your teeth, you should call New Image Dental Group at 770.725.7377 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.