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When a cavity exploits a small-to-modest area of tooth enamel, it can often be repaired with a dental filling. Large fillings, like inlays and onlays, are used to repair cavities on a tooth’s biting surface and they can sometimes have a finite lifespan. As the years go by, the bacteria in your mouth can weaken the bond between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel.

Early symptoms of a problem like this might include heightened sensitivity or discomfort when chewing tough foods. You might also notice a change in texture on the surface of the tooth near the filling or a gray shade in the nearby tooth enamel.

If a filling falls out, you should not delay in seeking treatment at Shoals Smile by Design. The longer you delay, the more likely you are to experience advanced tooth decay or a severe fracture.

In many cases of a large missing filling, Dr. Jamine Rogers might not be able to repair the tooth with a new filling. If the compromised area of tooth enamel is large, she might need to perform a dental crown restoration to effectively treat the tooth.

This is a near-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, allowing it to anchor on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.

After removing the entire tooth enamel layer, your dentist will create a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to our off-site dental lab where your new crown will be created from the applicable material.

A temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment. This temporary crown does not actually restore the full function of the tooth. Its only purpose is to protect the abutment while you await the completion of your final crown.

We will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Once it has been cemented onto the abutment, you can expect the newly restored tooth to last for many years ahead.

If you live in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama, area and you have a tooth with a distressed or missing filling, you need to call 256-314-0676 to seek treatment at Shoals Smile by Design.