Most fillings are meant to treat a small area of tooth decay. Even though a filling is intended to last a long time, it isn’t uncommon for the pervasive bacteria in your mouth to slowly degrade the cement that is holding your filling in place. When this happens, you might notice a slightly gray shade to your tooth enamel near the filling.
If a large filling falls out, there might not be enough strong and healthy enamel remaining for Dr. Bruce Hutchison to replace it with a new filling. In a situation like this, we often recommend having the entire enamel layer of the tooth replaced with a dental crown in Centreville, Virginia.
A dental crown effectively replaces the entire enamel layer of the tooth with gold, porcelain or base metals. The ideal material for the crown will be based on the tooth’s function and prevalence in your smile.
Then, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic before using the drill to remove most of the enamel layer. Removing the enamel creates an abutment, which will later serve as an anchor for your permanent crown.
Your dentist will then create an impression of the smile before covering the abutment with a hard, plastic temporary crown. The impression will be sent to a professional dental lab to serve as a guide for the custom crafting your permanent crown.
Dr. Bruce Hutchison will call you in for a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. During this appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented in place.
If you’ve recently lost a filling, or if you suspect that one of your fillings is going bad, you should not hesitate to call Smiles for Centreville at 703-830-9110 to schedule an appointment.