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On occasion, a single surface cavity can be treated by installing a dental filling into the area of the decayed tooth enamel. This will essentially restore the structural integrity and basic function of the previously compromised tooth.

If a new cavity afflicts the same tooth in the future, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining for a dentist like Dr. Kevin Solis to install a second dental filling. In a case such as this, he might recommend a dental crown restoration. This treatment plan often requires two separate appointments to fully replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate dental material.

The first phase of treatment starts with our dentist numbing the tooth and carefully removing any existing tooth enamel. This will also involve extricating the old dental filling. This leaves behind a small post of healthy dentin, which is called an abutment.

Next, a detailed impression will be prepared of the abutment, and a new crown will be placed over the abutment to protect restoring your oral health.


If you live in Moline, Illinois, and if you have a previously repaired tooth that has been compromised by a new cavity, you shouldn’t delay in calling 309-764-4944 to have it treated at Solis Dental Group.