A Tooth with a Bad Filling Might Need a Crown

Fillings are routinely used to repair an area of tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene practices and the passage of time can allow the bacteria living in your mouth to gradually infiltrate the seam between a filling and the surrounding tooth enamel. This can cause a new area of decay to form inside the tooth, causing a gray color in the tooth.In a case like this, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to anchor a new filling. This is when your dentist, Dr. John Vellequette, will likely recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown in Sunnyvale, California.

Your dentist will examine the tooth to make sure no new decay has set in. If decay has penetrated down into the pulp or root of the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal to remove the infected material and to restore the missing structure.

Once any issues with the internal structure have been addressed, your dentist will form an abutment out of the core of the tooth. This post-like structure will later anchor the crown in your mouth.

Your dentist will then take an impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be prepared. A temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you await the completion of your crown.

Once the dental lab technician has finished your new crown, a member of our Smile Center Silicon Valley team will call you in for a brief, follow-up appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you have a bad or missing filling, you should not delay in calling 408-245-7500 to have it treated and repaired at Smile Center Silicon Valley.