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Fillings are typically used to repair modest areas of tooth decay. The materials they are made from are not vulnerable to bacterial influence. However, the passage of time and any inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine can allow the natural bacteria in your mouth to attack the bond between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel.

Without timely professional care, this can cause the filling to fall out. In an extreme case, a new cavity could form dangerously deep within the tooth.

In many of these cases, there might not be enough viable tooth enamel remaining to anchor a new filling. To remedy this, Dr. Brian Kraft might recommend a dental crown restoration.

First, Dr. Brian Kraft will want to examine the tooth in question and take some X-rays. It’s important to make sure no new cavities have developed. Then, he will remove the tooth enamel, leaving behind a small post-like structure called an abutment.  This will later anchor your crown in your mouth.

Then a detailed impression will be made of the abutment and the surrounding teeth before covering it with a temporary crown. The impression will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians prepare the crown.

When your crown is ready, you will need to come in for a second appointment. Dr. Brian Kraft will then cement your new crown in place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in Payson, Utah, and you have a tooth missing a filling, you should not delay in calling 801-465-7966 to have it treated at Payson Dental and Orthodontics.