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A dentist can often use a simple dental filling to treat a small cavity or minor physical defect that affects a tooth’s enamel layer. If you sometimes forget to brush your teeth twice each day or you frequently forget to floss at least once per day, your teeth could be at increased risk of suffering from cavities.

If a new area of tooth decay afflicts a tooth with an existing dental filling, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining for a dentist like Dr. Josef Mamaliger to apply a second dental filling. To treat a tooth in this condition he might recommend a dental crown restoration.

This treatment process requires two separate appointments to fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with a durable dental material.

The first session calls for our dentist to numb the tooth before carefully to removing the remaining tooth enamel and the old dental filling. This leaves behind a small post of healthy dentin, which is called an abutment.

A detailed impression will be made of the abutment and a temporary crown will be secured over it. This hard plastic cap will help serve to protect it while dental technicians will create your dental crown.

When it’s ready you will need to return to The Dentist House to have the dental crown cemented directly onto the abutment.

If you live in Ridgecrest, California, and you have a previously repaired tooth that has been compromised by a new cavity, you shouldn’t delay in calling 760-446-7343 to have it treated by Dr. Mamaliger.