The bacteria living in your mouth are pervasive and tenacious. An inadequate or inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine can allow these bacteria to thrive. This increases your chances of having cavities. This might cause a filling to fall out or new tooth decay to form around the filling.
In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Lin Wong, will usually recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown in Covina, California.
A crown is essentially a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow so it can be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.
After removing the tooth enamel, Dr. Lin Wong will make a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to the dental lab where your new crown is made.
Dr. Lin Wong will then cement a temporary crown over the abutment. This temporary crown does not actually restore the full function of the tooth. It is only meant to protect the abutment while you wait for your new crown to be ready.
Dr. Lin Wong will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.
If you have a bad filling or if you’ve recently lost a filling, you should not delay in calling Wong Dental at 626-709-3332 to seek timely treatment and restoration.