A filling is typically used to repair a small cavity. This method of treatment replaces the compromised tooth enamel with another material such as gold, porcelain, amalgam or composite resin. As time goes by, the natural bacteria living in your mouth can start to weaken the bond between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel. This is even more likely to be an issue if you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits.
Should the bacteria manage to invade the seam between the filling and the existing tooth enamel, a new cavity might form. Some telltale symptoms of this might include a gray color in the tooth or heightened sensitivity.
If the filling is large, Dr. Pedar Didriksen may recommend a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica cast from either porcelain, gold, or base metal.
First, he will examine the tooth to make sure no new decay has set in. If decay has penetrated the sensitive interior of the tooth, Dr. Pedar Didriksen might need to perform a root canal. This mode of treatment will remove the infected material and restore the missing structure.
Once any issues with the internal structures have been addressed, your dentist will form an abutment out of the core of the tooth. This small pillar-like structure will later anchor the crown in your mouth.
An impression will then be made of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be prepared. A temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you await the completion of your crown.
Once the dental lab technician has finished your new crown, Dr. Pedar Didriksen will call you back in for a brief follow-up appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented into place.
If you live in the Ocean Pines, Maryland, area and you suspect one of your fillings is in trouble, you should call 410-208-2900 to seek timely treatment at Pedar B. Didriksen DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.