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Even though a filling is designed to repair a small area of tooth decay for a long time, it will not last forever. As time passes, the pervasive bacteria in your mouth can infiltrate the seam between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel. This can allow a new area of decay to form within the tooth. Sometimes you can see this occur when there is a slight graying in the tooth enamel. In other cases, there might be no overt sign until the filling is lost.

In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Lisa Kirshenbaum, will likely recommend treating the problem with a dental crown in Kennesaw, Georgia.

A dental crown replaces all of the tooth enamel. It can be made from a variety of different materials. The material that Dr. Lisa Kirshenbaum recommends will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its prevalence in your smile.

Dr. Lisa Kirshenbaum will use a drill to remove all of the tooth enamel. This leaves a post-like structure that consists of the internal structures of the tooth, which is called an abutment. Then, they will form an impression of the area and the corresponding teeth in your bite. A temporary crown will then placed over the abutment to protect it. The impression will be sent off to the dental lab where your crown will be made.

When the dental lab technician has completed your crown, Dr. Lisa Kirshenbaum will call you back into Dental Excellence of Kennesaw. This appointment will be brief because they will just remove the temporary crown and will cement your permanent crown in place.

If you suspect that you have a bad filling, or if you’ve lost a filling, you should call Dr. Lisa Kirshenbaum at (770) 429-0955 to have it treated.