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A filling is designed to repair a cavity for a long time. However, no filling can last forever. The larger or older a filling is, the more likely it is to fail. This is even more likely if you have an inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine. If a filling falls out, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining for your dentist, Dr. Paul Roe, to mount a new filling. In a case like this, he might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown in Puyallup, Washington.

Dr. Paul Roe will want to examine the tooth in question and take some X-rays. It’s important to make sure that the problem is limited to the tooth enamel. If a new area of decay has formed and it has penetrated deep into the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal. This will remove the infected areas of the tooth and rebuild the internal structures of the tooth.

Dr. Paul Roe will then remove the remaining tooth enamel, leaving behind a small, post-like structure called an abutment. This will eventually anchor your new crown.

A detailed impression will be made of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. Dr. Paul Roe will then secure a temporary crown over the abutment to keep it safe. The impression will then be sent to a dental lab where the technicians will craft your new crown.

Dr. Paul Roe will call you in for a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you’re missing a filling on one of your teeth, you need to call PR Cosmetic and General Dentistry at 253-435-0333 to have it treated.