A dental filling can often be used to repair a small cavity or physical defect in a tooth’s enamel layer. The material of the dental filling relies on the adjacent healthy tooth enamel to anchor it into the tooth.
If a second cavity develops on the same tooth, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to anchor yet another dental filling. In a case such as this, your dentist might recommend a total crown restoration.
This mode of treatment will fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with another material such as gold, base metal alloys, or dental porcelain.
Dr. Dean Wright will prepare an impression of the area after the old dental filling and any traces of tooth enamel have been. This will act as a guide for the dental technicians who will be tasked with creating your new dental crown.
If the restored tooth will be prevalent in your smile, he will likely recommend creating the dental crown from dental porcelain. This material can be shaded to match natural tooth enamel making it indistinguishable from the neighboring teeth.
When your new crown is ready, Dr. Dean Wright will cement your dental crown in place with a strong dental adhesive. If you are in the Wichita, Kansas, area and you have a previously repaired tooth with a new cavity, you should call 316-687-2110 to seek timely treatment at Cambridge Family Dentistry.