In most cases fillings are used to repair small- to medium-sized areas of tooth decay, otherwise known as cavities. While fillings are meant to have a long lifespan, it’s not unheard-of for an old or large filling to fall out and be lost. A missing filling needs to be addressed as soon as possible at Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA before serious complications arise.
If the tooth with the lost filling doesn’t have enough strong and healthy enamel, we will often recommend having the entire enamel layer of the tool restored with a crown. A crown basically replaces the enamel layer of a tooth, while leaving the healthy internal structures intact.
The first step in the process of fitting a tooth with a crown begins with a thorough examination of the tooth, to get a clear understanding of the extent of the decay. If the decay extends deep into the tooth we might need to perform a root canal to provide enough healthy structure to anchor a crown.
Then your Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA dentist will form an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer. This leaves behind a small amount to protect the interior of the tooth. Later on this abutment will anchor your new crown.
At Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA, we use CEREC technology to create custom crowns for our patients during their procedure. That means no waiting days or weeks for a dental lab, and walking out the same day with your fully-restored smile.
If you’re missing a filling on one of your teeth, you should call Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA at 941-926-4888 to discuss your treatment options.