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Dentists commonly use fillings to repair small cavities and chips in tooth enamel. As time goes on, the natural bacteria living in your mouth can invade and degrade the dental adhesive that cements the filling to the surrounding healthy enamel. If a filling goes bad or falls out, the resulting cavity might be too large to be repaired by a new filling.

To prevent infection inside the tooth, your dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD, might recommend having the entire enamel layer replaced by a dental crown in Spring Hill, Florida. This often requires two separate appointments.

First, Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD will examine the tooth and take some X-rays. Assuming the interior structures of the tooth are sound and healthy, he can begin the process of forming an abutment.

Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD will then use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving the healthy interior of the tooth completely unaffected. This abutment will later anchor the crown firmly in your mouth.

Then Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD will take an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. The abutment is then covered by a hard, plastic cap known as a temporary crown. The impression will be sent off to a dental lab technician who will custom make your new crown.

Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD will call you back in for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. At this time, our dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place over the abutment.

If you have a bad or missing filling, you should call 352-398-4064 to seek timely treatment at The Gentle Dentist.