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Dr. Anthony Butchert commonly uses a filling to repair a small to medium-sized cavity. As time passes, the bacteria in your mouth can start to attack the cement that secures a filling in the remaining tooth enamel. The older and larger a filling is, the more likely it is to fail.

If a filling fails, there might not be enough healthy enamel remaining for Dr. Anthony Butchert to adequately secure a new filling. In a situation like this, our Lifetime Dental Care team often recommends having the entire enamel layer of the tooth restored with a crown.

Our dentist will start by inspecting the tooth to assess the extent of the decay. If the area of decay extends deep down into the internal structures of the tooth, you might need a root canal to properly mount a crown.

Our dentist will then prepare the tooth by removing the majority of its enamel layer. This leaves behind a small amount of enamel to protect the interior of the tooth. This tooth will later serve as an anchor that will keep your permanent crown in place.

Our dentist will then create an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. This impression will be sent to the dental lab that will make your new crown. A hard, plastic temporary crown is placed over the tooth to keep it safe while you wait for the dental lab to complete your new crown.

Dr. Anthony Butchert will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment when your crown is ready. This is when he will cement it into place.

If you have recently lost a filling and you’re interested in a dental crown in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, you can call our dedicated team at 715-552-1000 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.