While both amalgam and composite dental filling material are designed to be resistant to tooth decay, the tooth enamel that surrounds the filling can still be damaged by age and inconsistent oral hygiene. If you suspect that the tooth structure surrounding a filling has become infected, ask Dr. Scott A. Young about receiving a dental crown.
Signs that tooth decay has developed around your dental filling include tooth sensitivity, graying in the tooth enamel, and changes in the texture of the tooth.
To determine if a dental crown is needed, Dr. Scott A. Young will examine the tooth and the extent of the tooth decay. Then, he uses a dental drill to remove the filling and any surrounding decay, creating a post-shaped structure out of the remaining tooth. Known as an abutment, this structure will provide an anchor for your crown.
Our talented dentist and team take an accurate impression of the abutment and any neighboring teeth to send our dental lab a model of what your new crown will need to look like. While you wait for your permanent crown, we can provide a temporary to cement over the abutment.
When the new dental crown is ready, you will visit our office again to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent crown cemented into place. This visit is typically very brief.
We encourage you to contact Scott A. Young, DDS at 704-541-5900 as soon as possible if you have noticed a problem with your dental filling or suspect you have developed tooth decay around the filling. Dr. Scott A. Young and our team would be happy to provide you with a high-quality dental crown in Charlotte, North Carolina!