Many cavities, can be repaired by an ordinary filling made from gold, amalgam, porcelain or composite resin. As time passes it’s not unheard of for the natural bacteria in your mouth to slowly compromise the cement anchoring the filling to the existing tooth enamel. As a general rule of thumb, large and old fillings are more likely to fall out.
In many cases, a lost filling or large filling that falls out, Alaska Dental Associates’s dentist might have no other recourse but to repair the tooth with a crown.
Your dentist will start by examining the tooth, to assess the extent of the problem and make sure the pulp and other interior structures of the tooth are healthy.
Then, they will remove the enamel layer of the tooth leaving a post-like abutment behind. The abutment is essentially the dentin, and pulp of the tooth still anchored securely in the socket.
Then a detailed impression is made of the area to be sent to our dental lab as a guide for preparing your permanent crown. Then the dentist will secure a hard plastic temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.
A member of our staff will call you to schedule your second appointment once the dental lab has completed your permanent crown. During this brief appointment, the temporary crown is removed and your permanent crown is cemented in place.
If you’ve recently lost a filling, you should not hesitate to call Alaska Dental Associates’s office in Anchorage, Alaska at 907-562-2284 to schedule an appointment.