Fillings are commonly used to repair a tooth with a chip or small cavity. While they are meant to last for a long time, a filling cannot last forever. If one falls out, it can cause heightened sensitivity and invite a new area of decay to form.
If there is not enough strong, healthy tooth enamel remaining for your dentist, Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee, to apply a new filling, we might recommend fitting the tooth with a dental crown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
To do this, your dentist will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to make sure the sensitive internal structures of the tooth are healthy. If new decay has compromised the pulp or root of the tooth, your dentist might need to perform a root canal.
Your dentist will then numb the area with Novocain before using a drill to remove all remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind a small post called an abutment, which will eventually anchor your new crown.
We will make a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then, your dentist will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown into place. The impression will then be sent to our dental lab where your new crown will be produced.
A member of our staff will call you to schedule the second appointment when your new crown is ready. We will then remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place.
If you’ve recently lost a filling or you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, you should not delay in calling 215-564-9010 to have it treated at Philadelphia Dental Associates.