When a Filling Falls Out, the Tooth Might Need a Dental Crown

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Fillings are typically used to repair modest-sized cavities. While they are designed to last for a long time, no filling is impervious to the passage of time. Sometimes when a filling falls out of place, there simply isn’t enough healthy tooth enamel remaining in the area to safely secure a new filling. In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Dennis Coyle, will often recommend treating the tooth by removing all of the enamel and installing a dental crown.

Your dentist will examine the tooth to assess the severity of the decay. If the decay has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth, a root canal might need to be performed.

Your dentist will merely use a drill to remove the entirety of the tooth enamel. This leaves behind a post-like abutment of dentin that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.

A detailed impression will be made of the area. This will be sent to our dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

A member of our staff will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you have lost a filling in Madison, New Jersey, you should call Coyle Dentistry at 973-966-6555 to seek timely treatment.