It’s not uncommon for the bacteria in your mouth to slowly exploit the cement that is holding your filling in place. In some cases, the bacteria can infiltrate the area and form a new cavity. Inevitably, this will cause the filling to fall out.
In a situation like this, there might be so much compromised tooth enamel that your dentist’s best treatment recommendation is to restore the tooth with a dental crown.
A dental crown in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, is essentially a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow, which will allow it to be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.
After removing all of the tooth enamel, Dr. Mark Jensen will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This impression will be sent to the dental lab where your permanent crown will be made.
Dr. Mark Jensen will then secure a temporary crown over the abutment. This temporary crown does not actually restore the full function of the tooth. It is only meant to protect the abutment while you wait for your new crown to be ready.
When your new crown is ready, a member of our team will call you to schedule a brief follow-up appointment. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.
If you have recently lost a filling or if you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, you should call us at 913-553-3046 to seek timely treatment.