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Fillings are often used to repair small cavities and chipped tooth enamel and they are made from a substance like gold, amalgam, porcelain, or composite resin. While they are intended to restore the full health and function of the tooth for many years, it is possible for a filling to suffer minor complications. This is even more likely to be an issue if you’ve struggled to maintain good oral hygiene practices or if you’re lax about attending your regular dental checkup at Central Illinois Smiles.

These things can bolster the natural bacteria living in your mouth, which can gradually start to attack the bond between a filling and the surrounding tooth enamel. As time goes by, this can compromise the dental adhesive, causing the filling to fall out.

A tooth in this condition often lacks sufficient healthy tooth enamel for Dr. Lewis and Dr. Haarman to repair it with a new filling. This often calls for replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown made from a metallic alloy, gold, or a dental-grade porcelain material.

Our dentists will start the restoration process by examining the tooth to make sure no new decay has set in. Next, they will form an abutment. This calls for removing the entire tooth enamel layer, leaving behind a pillar of dentin that contains the healthy pulp and root of the tooth. Eventually, this will anchor the crown in your mouth.

Our technicians will then take an impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be created. A temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you await the completion of your crown.

When your new crown is ready, we will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you live in Decatur, Illinois, and you have a tooth missing a filling, you should not delay in calling 217.877.1742 to have it treated and restored at Central Illinois Smiles.