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Most fillings are a result of a small area of tooth decay. Even though a filling is intended to last a long time, it isn’t at all uncommon for the pervasive bacteria in your mouth to slowly degrade the cement holding your filling in place. When this happens you might notice a slightly gray shade to your tooth enamel near the filling.

If a large filling falls out, there might not be enough strong and healthy enamel remaining for your Dr. Tim J Brooks, DDS dentist to replace it with a new filling. In a situation like this we may recommend to have the entire enamel layer of the tooth replaced with a crown.

At the first appointment, your Dr. Tim J Brooks, DDS dentist will want to examine the tooth in question and take some X-rays. It’s important to make sure the sensitive internal structures of the tooth are healthy and that the problem is only limited to the enamel layer.

The dentist will then numb the area with Novocaine before using a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer. This leaves behind a small post known as an abutment, which will later serve to anchor your new crown.

Dr. Tim J. Brooks will make an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth before covering it with a hard plastic temporary crown. The impression will then be sent to out dental lab where your new crown is produced.

Later, we will call you in for a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is cemented in place.

If you’ve recently lost a filling, or you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, you should contact Dr. Tim J Brooks, DDS at 405-752-0600 to have the problems addressed.