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Dental fillings that are made from porcelain, gold, amalgam or composite resin are often used to repair a modest cavity or a chip in a tooth. While these materials are not directly vulnerable to bacteria, the seam cementing them to the surrounding tooth enamel can fail in time.

Sometimes when a filling falls out or a large filling is lost, there isn’t enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to safely secure a new filling. Should this prove to be the case for you, your dentist, Dr. J. Whitley Wills, will often treat the tooth by removing all of the enamel and installing a dental crown.

The first step involved in placing a dental crown in Memphis, Tennessee, involves your dentist examining the tooth to assess the severity of the decay. If the decay has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth, a root canal might be needed.

Your dentist will use a drill to remove all of the tooth enamel. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.

A detailed impression will then be made of the area. This will be sent to the dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

We will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief. It will involve your dentist removing the temporary crown and cementing the new crown into place.

If you have a tooth that is missing a filling, or if you suspect a filling is going bad, you should call Dr. J. Whitley Wills at 901-726-9525 to have it treated and restored.