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Fillings are generally used to repair a small to medium-sized cavity. In time, the natural bacteria in your mouth can start to erode the cement that attaches a filling to the remaining tooth enamel. The older and larger a filling is, the more likely it is to fail. If you’ve lost a filling and the surrounding enamel doesn’t appear strong enough to mount a new filling, our Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S. team will often recommend replacing the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown in Staunton, Virginia.

The process starts with your dentist, Dr. Alan J. White, examining the tooth to assess its overall health. If the area of decay extends deep down into the internal structures of the tooth, you might need a root canal to restore sufficient tooth structure to mount a crown.

Your dentist will then create an abutment by removing the majority of the tooth’s enamel layer. Later, this abutment will serve as an anchor for your new crown.

An impression will then be made of the abutment and corresponding teeth. This impression will be sent to the dental lab where your final crown is made. A hard, plastic, temporary crown is then cemented over the abutment to keep it safe while you wait for the dental lab to complete your new crown.

After the dental lab finishes your new crown, our Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S. team will call you to schedule a brief second appointment. During this appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented into place.

If you have a tooth that has recently lost a filling, you should call Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S. at 540-886-1979 to schedule an appointment and explore your repair and restoration options.