A Tooth Suffering from a Missing Filling Might Need a Crown

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Your dentist, Dr. Mark Prosniewski, often uses fillings to repair a small area of tooth decay. While they are designed to last for a long time, no filling is impervious to the passage of time. Inconsistent oral hygiene habits can further encourage the natural bacteria living in your mouth to attempt to weaken the dental adhesive cementing a filling to the surrounding enamel. Should this occur, the bacteria might infiltrate the area, causing the filling to fall out.

To effectively treat a case like this, Dr. Mark Prosniewski might recommend a crown restoration to replace the entire tooth enamel. A dental crown in Bartlett, Illinois, is essentially a perfect replica of the original tooth enamel layer made from either porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys.

Dr. Mark Prosniewski will start the treatment process by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. Assuming the interior structures of the tooth are sound and healthy, he can begin the process of forming an abutment.

Dr. Mark Prosniewski will then use a drill to remove the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving the healthy interior of the tooth completely unaffected. This abutment will later anchor the crown firmly in your mouth.

Then, he will take an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then the abutment will be covered by a temporary crown that is made from hard plastic. The impression will be sent off to a dental lab technician who will custom make your new crown.

Dr. Mark Prosniewski will call you back in for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place over the abutment.

If you’ve recently had a filling fall out, you should call 630-837-2779 to schedule an appointment at The Bartlett Dental Station.