Fillings have a limited lifespan. While they are meant to repair a tooth for a long time to come, large fillings can fail sooner than small fillings. This is even more likely to happen if you struggle to maintain consistent oral hygiene habits. When a large filling is lost, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to secure a new filling. In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Tina Foss, might recommend repairing the tooth with a dental crown.
A dental crown in Mesquite, Texas, is a near-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 to allow it to be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.
Dr. Tina Foss will remove all the tooth enamel and make a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.
Dr. Tina Foss will then cement 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.
Dr. Tina Foss will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and will cement your new crown into place.
If you’re interested in a dental crown, you should not delay in calling 972-686-6477 to have it treated and repaired at North Mesquite Dental.