Here at Bayside Family Dentistry, your dentist, Dr. Aram Cazazian, routinely uses fillings to repair modest areas of tooth decay. While they are designed to last for many years, no filling can last forever. In time, the pervasive bacteria living in your mouth can infiltrate and exploit the cement holding the filling in place.
If the filling was large, there might not be enough strong and healthy enamel remaining for your dentist to apply a new filling. One of the most effective ways to treat a problem like this is to replace all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown in Bayside, New York.
Your dentist will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to make sure the sensitive internal structures of the tooth are healthy. If new decay has compromised the pulp or root of the tooth, your dentist might need to perform a root canal.
Your dentist will then numb the area with Novocain before using a drill to remove all remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind a small post called an abutment, which will eventually anchor your new crown.
We will make a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then, your dentist will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown in place. The impression will then be sent to our dental lab where your new crown will be produced.
We will call you to schedule the second appointment when your new crown is ready. We will then remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown in place.
If you’ve recently lost a filling, you should call (718) 423-7009 to schedule an appointment for treatment at Bayside Family Dentistry.