A Tooth with a Missing Filling Can Often Be Treated and Restored by a Crown

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Many cavities can be repaired by an ordinary filling made from gold, amalgam, porcelain or composite resin. Unfortunately, as time passes the natural bacteria in your mouth can slowly compromise the cement anchoring the filling in place. As a general rule of thumb, large and old fillings are more likely to fall out.

In many cases, a lost filling or large filling that falls out doesn’t leave enough tooth enamel behind to be repaired with another filling. Should this prove to be the case, our dentist will often treat the tooth by removing all of the enamel and placing a crown.  

First, Dr. Steven Pooley 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. This means removing all of the tooth enamel to leave behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.

A detailed impression is made of the area. This will be sent to our dental lab, where your final crown is made. Then a hard plastic temporary is cemented over the abutment to protect it. We will call you to schedule a follow up appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown is removed and your permanent crown is cemented into place.

If you have a tooth that is missing a filling, or you suspect a filling is going bad, you can call Pooley Dentistry in Loves Park, Illinois, at 815-968-5434 to explore your treatment options. Dr. Steven Pooley and our team are happy to help you maintain your healthy, confident smile!