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Fillings are often used to repair a tooth suffering from chipped or mildly decayed tooth enamel. Here at Frandsen Dental, Drs. Frandsen and Dansie create fillings from materials that are meant to stand the test of time. However, if you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene, the bacteria living in your mouth can gradually weaken the bond between the filling and the surrounding healthy tooth enamel.

If this goes unaddressed, the bacteria might gain access to the seam surrounding the filling, causing a new area of tooth decay. Symptoms that this may have occurred include a slight graying in the surrounding tooth enamel, heightened sensitivity, or a change in the tooth’s texture.

For a tooth in this condition, your dentists might recommend a total dental crown restoration. First, they will start by examining the tooth to assess the severity of the decay. If the crown does indeed need a crown, they will then use a drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer and the old filling. This will leave a small, post-shaped structure known as an abutment that will eventually anchor your crown.

A detailed impression will be made of the area. This will be sent to our dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

A staff member will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you have a tooth with a suspicious filling, you should call 801-890-0030 to have it examined, treated and repaired with a dental crown in West Jordan, Utah.