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It’s not uncommon for the bacteria in your mouth to slowly exploit the cement holding your filling to the surrounding enamel. In some cases, the bacteria can infiltrate the area and form a new area of decay within the tooth. Inevitably this will make the filling fall out.

If too much of the tooth enamel has been lost to decay, your dentist, Dr. Barry LeJeune, might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.

A dental crown in Hampton, Virginia, is a near perfect replica of the tooth enamel. It is often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The interior of the crown is hollow so it can be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.

Once the tooth enamel has been removed, Dr. Barry LeJeune will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown is made.

Dr. Barry LeJeune will then secure a temporary crown over the abutment. This temporary crown does not actually restore the full function of the tooth. It is only meant to protect the abutment while you wait for your new crown to be ready.

When your new crown is ready, a member of our staff will call you to schedule a brief follow-up appointment. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and will cement your new crown into place.

If you suspect one of your fillings has been compromised, or if you’ve recently lost one, you should call LeJeune Family Dentistry at (757) 827-9114 to have it examined and treated.