Dental fillings are designed to restore the full function of a tooth and prevent complications after it was attacked by tooth decay. As the years go by, the pervasive bacteria living in your mouth can exploit the seam between the filling and the surrounding healthy tooth enamel. When this happens, the bacteria can eventually infiltrate this space and form a new area of decay. If the decay is not detected and treated, it could cause decay and infection in the root of the tooth.
If this is the case, your dentist, Dr. Sheldon Kupferman, might need to perform a root canal. A root canal in Riverdale, New York, is a method of treatment where he removes the tooth enamel and extracts all decayed or infected tissues from the interior of the tooth.
Once all the affected materials have been removed, Dr. Sheldon Kupferman will start the process of rebuilding the tooth. This is done by applying gutta percha to create a small, post-like structure called an abutment.
At the end of the appointment, Dr. Sheldon Kupferman will cast a detailed impression of the abutment and all other relevant teeth in the area. This will be sent off to a dental lab where a dental crown is custom made to replicate the tooth enamel. Then, he will cover the abutment with a hard, plastic, temporary crown.
A member of our team will call you to schedule a second appointment when the new crown is ready. During this appointment, Dr. Sheldon Kupferman will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place.
We welcome you to call Riverdale Dental Arts at 718-578-4458 today if your tooth has a missing filling to set up an appointment with our dentist.