For many years, fillings have been an effective way to repair small to medium sized cavities. Unfortunately, fillings do not last forever. As a general rule of thumb the older and larger a filling is, the more likely it is to fall out as a result of the bacteria in your mouth weakening the cement that holds it in place.
When this happens Arnold H. Brokstein, DDS will often recommend replacing the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a crown made from either gold, base metals or porcelain. The material called for will vary depending on the tooth’s function, and appearance in your smile.
At the start of the process Arnold H. Brokstein, DDS will conduct a thorough examination of the tooth, and take a few X-rays. This helps us to make sure that the pulp and root of the tooth are still healthy and have the structural integrity to anchor a crown.
Your dentist will then form an abutment, to later anchor your crown, by removing the majority of the tooth enamel.
The dentist will then create an impression of the abutment, as well as the corresponding teeth. Then a temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to keep it safe.
The impression will be sent to our professional dental lab, where a team of skill technician will custom craft a crown to restore your tooth.
When your permanent crown is completed Arnold H. Brokstein, DDS will call you back in for another appointment. You can expect this appointment to be brief. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented in place.
If one of your fillings has fallen out, you should call Arnold H. Brokstein, DDS at 510-482-5700 to schedule an appointment.