When the bacteria in your mouth work to weaken the cement holding a filling in place, it could potentially fall out. If the filling was large, or new decay had set in, there might not be sufficient enamel remaining to repair the problem with a filling.
In a case like this, your Paul Neumann, DDS dentist will likely recommend installing a crown to repair the problem and replace all of the tooth enamel.
This requires two separate appointments. First your dentist will use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer. This creates a post-like abutment that contains the healthy dentin, pulp and root of the tooth.
Your dentist will then form an impression of the abutment and all other relative teeth. The impression is sent off to a dental lab where your crown is custom made. Then a hard plastic temporary crown is cemented into place atop the abutment to protect it while you wait.
We will call you back for the second appointment when your permanent crown is ready. The temporary crown is removed before your permanent crown is cemented into place.
If you are missing a filling on one of your teeth, you should not delay in contacting Paul Neumann, DDS’s Plaquemine, Louisiana office, at 225-687-4366 to have the tooth treated and repaired.