Fillings are typically used to repair a tooth that’s been damaged by a minor dental fracture or a small cavity. While they are meant to endure the daily rigors of chewing food for many years, it is possible for oral hygiene inconsistencies to affect the integrity of the filling. When this happens, bacteria can compromise the tooth enamel anchoring the filling in your mouth.
In a situation like this, you might notice a slight graying in the tooth as well as increased sensitivity or discomfort while chewing. If the filling is on the side of a tooth, it might have a noticeable change in texture when you touch it with your tongue.
To treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Thomas Anglemire might recommend a crown restoration. This will perfectly replicate the tooth enamel layer of the tooth with a bad filling by using a material like porcelain, gold, or a metallic alloy.
The restoration process starts 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 of the tooth, Dr. Thomas Anglemire will present you with other potential treatments, such as a root canal.
Once Dr. Thomas Anglemire has numbed the tooth with Novocain, he will remove all remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind a small post called an abutment. This will eventually anchor your new crown.
Dr. Thomas Anglemire will make a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. It will then be sent to our dental lab, and your new crown will be created. Then he will protect the abutment by securing a temporary crown over the abutment.
A member of Dr. Thomas Anglemire’s staff will call you to schedule the second appointment once your new crown is ready. We will then remove the temporary crown and your permanent crown will be cemented in place.
If you live in the Granger, Indiana, area and you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, you should call 574-277-5406 to have it treated by Dr. Thomas Anglemire.