Ideally, your dental fillings will benefit your tooth for many years, but they will eventually need to be replaced, due to the vulnerability of the natural tooth enamel and the complications of poor oral hygiene. These allow bacteria in the mouth to weaken the bond between the filling and the tooth surface. If you have a bad dental filling that no longer supports your tooth, our dentist may need to place a dental crown instead.
A weakened dental filling can include symptoms such as heightened tooth sensitivity, grayed areas of tooth enamel, and pain then you bite down on the filling. Symptoms of a bad dental filling are a sign that you should receive dental care at Ghorshi Family Dentistry as soon as possible.
While a mildly affected dental filling can often be replaced by our dentist, he may recommend a dental crown instead if the dental filling is large or there are new areas of tooth decay. The process of placing a dental crown is typically completed in two visits to the dental office.
First, we take away the rest of the tooth enamel, leaving only an abutment that provides protection for the dentin, pulp, and tooth root. Then, a detailed impression of the tooth and surrounding area is used by an off-site dental lab to guide the creation of the permanent dental crown. While the crown is being formed, you can protect your abutment with a hard, plastic temporary crown.
Once your crown is ready, a member of our team will schedule your second appointment, where we use a potent dental cement to bond the crown to the abutment, where it should stay for many years.
We encourage you to call 704-321-3244 soon if you have a dental filling gone bad and would like to speak with our dentist, Dr. Seyed Ghorshi, about receiving a custom dental crown in Charlotte, North Carolina.