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The material used for your dental fillings will not be vulnerable to the acidic and bacterial effects of tooth decay. However, it is still possible for these forces to gradually weaken the bond between an older dental filling and the adjacent tooth enamel.

As this starts to happen the tooth might become increasingly sensitive, or experience a change in texture and color. In the case of a large dental filling that’s failing, there simply might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining for Dr. Van Parham to apply a new dental filling.

In a case like this, he might recommend restoring the tooth with dental crown. This mode of treatment will completely replace the tooth’s enamel layer with another material such as gold, base metal alloys, or dental grade porcelain.

This treatment process involves Dr. Van Parham numbing the tooth before using a drill to remove the dental filling and any remaining tooth enamel. This will leave a small post which is known as an abutment. It will eventually anchor your dental crown in your mouth.

Once this is done Dr. Van Parham will prepare an impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where technicians will prepare your dental crown.

Your will need to come in for a second appointment when your dental crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and Dr. Van Parham will cement your dental crown onto the abutment.

If you live in the Irving, Texas, area and you have a tooth with a bad filling, you should call 972-441-8199 to have it treated at The Art of Dentistry.