While dental fillings are meant to support a tooth for several years, they aren’t permanent. Over time, issues with inconsistent oral hygiene or even the natural tooth enamel could enable oral bacteria to affect the filling’s bond to the tooth surface. If you have a dental filling that no longer is stable, our dentist may recommend that it be replaced with a dental crown.
If your dental filling is affected, you might notice may experience some discomfort when you use the tooth to chew. Other indications include increased sensitivity and a grayed appearance to the surrounding tooth enamel. If you experienced any symptoms of a bad dental filling, we encourage you to seek dental care at George Ghaly, DDS right away.
While in some cases our dentist can treat the issues by removing any tooth decay and replacing the dental filling, circumstances where the irritated dental filling is large or a new cavity has developed may require a dental crown instead. The process to place a dental crown typically requires two visits to our office.
At your first appointment, we relieve the tooth of its tooth enamel to form an abutment that protects the dentin, pulp, and tooth root. Then, we create a detailed impression of the tooth to provide a guide for an off-site dental lab to create the permanent crown. While the crown is constructed, a hard, plastic temporary crown can protect the abutment.
A member of our team will call you back for your second appointment to place the crown using a potent dental cement that bonds it to the abutment. You should find that your new tooth will benefit you for many years.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. George Ghaly today to receive your custom dental crown in Westborough, Massachusetts, in place of a bad dental filling. We hope to hear from you at 508-366-1911 soon!