If You’re Missing a Filling, the Tooth Might Need a Dental Crown

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An inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine often results in overall poor oral hygiene. This promotes the natural bacteria living in your mouth and increases the chances of cavities or losing an established filling. When this happens, your dentists, Dr. Bryan and Dr. Davis, might recommend a dental crown to replace the entire tooth enamel layer.

A dental crown in Medford, Oregon, 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 so it can be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.

After removing the entire enamel layer, the doctor will 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.

The doctor 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.

Our dentists will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Then, they will remove the temporary crown and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.

If you have a tooth with a bad filling or if you are missing a filling, you should not delay in calling Northwest Dental Associates at 541-779-3993 to seek timely treatment.