Old fillings can fall out or crack and are prone to secondary decay, a cavity next to or beneath the filling. Large fillings simply don’t last forever, when your tooth has been excavated and filled many times, many times an onlay or crown is needed.
As an aside: a tooth with a large, deteriorating filling, left untreated, may self-destruct to the point where even a crown isn’t feasible. This means tooth loss.
We don’t think there’s any real alternative here.
We are proud of the quality, fit, and longevity of our crowns. Compared to a crown, redundant fillings are a makeshift measure. While we are obliged to tell you what we think is the most favorable treatment, we want to help you to make the best decision for yourself.
When you decide to move forward with a crown, please know that in many cases this is a two-visit procedure. The first visit will involve preparing the tooth for the crown, take an impression and place a temporary crown that will keep your tooth functioning normally until the permanent crown returns from the lab.
On your second visit, we will remove the temporary crown and cement the final crown into place. Tiny adjustments will be made until we have just the right fit. Finally, we will review some special care instructions you will need to follow at home.
We value your dental health and the importance of your smile to a healthy, confident appearance and we hope you do, too. Please call Dr. Brumbaugh soon so we can begin the exciting work of restoring your smile.