A dentist will often use a dental filling to repair a small cavity, chip, or a minor case of dental attrition. This mode of treatment essentially replaces the compromised area with an alternate dental material.
As the years go by, poor oral hygiene practices could start to affect the strength of your tooth enamel. The chronic presence of plaque acids could demineralize the tooth enamel adjacent to the dental filling. As this starts to happen you might experience a noticeable change in the surface texture, discomfort in the tooth, or chronic sensitivity.
If you suspect one of your dental fillings is in distress, you need to have the tooth examined by a dentist like Dr. Sheldon Kupferman. After examining the tooth, he can help you understand your treatment options.
In a case where the compromised area is large, or the tooth’s enamel layer has been compromised he might recommend a dental crown restoration This will essentially replicate the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternative dental material.
This treatment process calls for him to remove whatever remains of the tooth’s enamel layer. This leaves behind a small post of dentin, which is known as an abutment. It will eventually anchor the dental crown in your mouth.
Your dental crown will need to be prepared in a dental lab. When it’s ready you will need to return to Riverdale Dental Arts to have it cemented directly onto the abutment.
If you live in The Bronx, New York, and you suspect one of your dental fillings has a problem, you should not delay in call 718-548-1148 to have it examined and treated at Riverdale Dental Arts.