Many dental fillings are made from composite resin that is hardened and bonded to the surrounding tooth enamel with a special ultraviolet light. If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits on a consistent basis, the persistent presence of plaque acids in your mouth might result in the gradual demineralization of your tooth enamel. This could potentially weaken the once strong bond with the dental filling.
Should one of your dental fillings fall out, you need to have it examined by a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Isabella Shtulman as soon as possible. After a thorough examination she can help you understand the treatment options needed to effectively restore the tooth.
If the void in the tooth enamel is large or it compromises multiple surfaces of the tooth, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to repair the tooth with a new dental filling. In a case like this she might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
This mode of treatment involves carefully removing the remaining tooth enamel layer to leave behind a small post which is known as an abutment. This will later serve as an effective anchor point for the dental crown.
Then a detailed impression will be prepared of the area and any related teeth in the area. Then Dr. Isabella Shtulman will protect the abutment by installing a temporary crown. It will be sent to a dental lab where your dental crown will be produced. You’ll need to return when your new dental crown is ready. It will then be secured onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in Hayward, California, and you have recently lost a dental filling, you should not delay in calling 510-782-9942 to have it examined and treated at Dental Solutions.