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A small cavity or chip can often be repaired by installing a simple dental filling made from metallic amalgam or composite resin. If another surface of the tooth has been affected by a secondary cavity or a small chip, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to apply a new dental filling.

To effectively treat a tooth in this condition Dr. Michael Hollingsworth might recommend a dental crown restoration. This often requires two separate appointments to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a special dental material.

This will require removing any existing tooth enamel, as well as the old dental filling. This leaves behind a small post of healthy dentin, which is called an abutment. A detailed impression will be taken of the abutment before securing a temporary crown over it. This information will be sent to a professional dental lab where your dental crown will be created.

You will need to return to have the dental crown cemented directly onto the abutment. This will complete the dental restoration process, providing you with a tooth that will handle the long-term rigors of biting and chewing food.  

If you live in St. Joseph, Missouri, and you have a previously repaired tooth with a new cavity, you shouldn’t delay in calling 816.232.8788 to have it treated at Dr. Michael Hollingsworth.