Fillings are designed to replace an area of decayed tooth enamel to fully repair the tooth’s function. This involves removing a little bit of the surrounding tooth enamel to ensure a clean surface to bind the filling in place.
If a new cavity forms on a previously repaired tooth, there might not be enough strong tooth enamel remaining to viably secure a new filling. To effectively treat a problem like this, our dentist at Canyon Dental Care in Farmington, New Mexico might need to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a crown.
This is a restorative treatment method designed to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica cast from an artificial material. Crowns are typically made from either porcelain, gold, or an alloy of base metals. For a tooth that is highly visible in your smile, we will likely need porcelain crown. Since it can be shaded to match natural tooth enamel, it will be indistinguishable from the neighboring teeth.
After the crown has been created at our off-site dental lab, your Canyon Dental Care dentist will cement it in place with a strong dental adhesive. Maintaining good oral and gum health will allow the crown to fully restore your previously decayed tooth for many years ahead.
If you live in the Farmington, New Mexico area and you have a previously repaired tooth with a new cavity, please call (505) 278.7007 to seek timely treatment at Canyon Dental Care. Dr. Ryan Wilson and our team look forward to seeing your smile!