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Fillings are intended to repair cavities and other modest areas of tooth decay. As time goes on the bacteria in your mouth can actually start to attack the seam where the filling meets the healthy tooth enamel. Should the bacteria eventually gain access, they can cause additional pockets of tooth decay and compromise the cement holding the filling in place.

If a filling is going bad, or has recently fallen out, there might not be sufficient enamel remaining for our Tacoma Washington Dentist dentist to cement a new filling. In a case like this, our dentist will often recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a crown.

The process begins by Dr. Phuong Nguyen examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. This helps to determine if the decay has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth. If the decay runs deep into the tooth, she might first need to perform a root canal before the tooth can be fitted for a crown.

If the decay is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, Dr. Phuong Nguyen will remove all of the tooth enamel to form an abutment. This little post-like structure made from the core of your tooth will eventually serve to anchor the crown in place. Next, a detailed impression is taken of the abutment and the corresponding teeth. The abutment is then covered by a temporary crown and the impression is sent off to our dental lab where your crown is produced.

When your crown is ready we will call you back in for a brief follow-up appointment. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is cemented onto the abutment.

If you have a bad or missing filling, you should call Tacoma Washington Dentist’s office in Fircrest, Washington at to seek timely and effective treatment. Dr. Phuong Nguyen and our dedicated team are always ready to help you achieve a healthy, confident smile!