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If you’ve had a large cavity repaired by a large filling, it was intended to last for many years. Yet, no filling can last forever and large fillings are more likely to have an issue with the passage of time. This is even more likely to befall you if you’ve struggled to maintain good oral hygiene habits over the years.

Bacteria could potentially infiltrate the seam between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel, causing a new cavity to form. In a situation like this, you might experience heightened sensitivity or a slight shade of gray in the surrounding tooth enamel.

To treat a tooth in this condition, Drs. Huthwaite and Huthwaite might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This mode of treatment will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica that is cast from either porcelain, gold, or base metal.

Our dentists will examine the tooth to make sure no new decay has set in. If decay has penetrated the sensitive interior of the tooth, he might need to perform a preparatory endodontic treatment. This will restore the missing structure.

Once any issues with the internal structure have been addressed, Drs. Huthwaite and Huthwaite will form an abutment by removing all of the tooth enamel as well as the old filling. This small, pillar-like structure of dentin will later anchor the crown in your mouth.

An impression will then be made of the area to be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be prepared. A temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you await the completion of your crown.

Once the dental lab technician has finished your new crown, our dentists will call you back 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 the Gainesville, Georgia, area and you suspect one of your fillings is in trouble, you should call 770-536-8868 to seek treatment at Huthwaite & Huthwaite, D.M.D., PC.