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We often use amalgam or composite dental fillings to repair small-to-moderate cavities. While dental filling material is resistant to tooth decay, the surrounding tooth enamel is still vulnerable and can be affected by time and poor oral hygiene. If tooth decay around a filling causes the filling to become distressed, Dr. Grant R Young may recommend a dental crown.

When tooth decay develops around a filling, you may see some graying around the tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, or a change in your tooth texture.

In order to place a dental crown over a tooth, Dr. Grant R Young will determine the severity of the tooth decay by examining the tooth. If a crown is indeed needed, he remove the filling and the affected tooth enamel with a drill, leaving behind a small, post-shaped structure of tooth that is known as an abutment. The abutment will anchor your crown.

Then, we create a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth, which we send to our dental lab to have your final crown created. In the meantime, we can place a temporary crown to protect the abutment.

We will then invite you back to our office for a second appointment to receive your new crown. During this will be brief visit, we remove the temporary crown and our dentist cements the permanent crown onto the abutment.

If you have a damaged or leaking dental filling and live in or around Wausau, Wisconsin, call 715-845-6222 to have the tooth examined and treated. Our skilled dentist will also determine if a dental crown is needed.