Fillings tend to have a limited lifespan. Poor oral hygiene habits can encourage the natural bacteria living in your mouth to attack the dental adhesive holding a filling to the surrounding enamel. When this happens, the bacteria can invade the seam and create a cavity. Sometimes you can notice this because of a gray color in the tooth but sometimes there are no overt signs.
If a significant amount of healthy enamel has been lost to a bad filling, your dentist, Dr. Nicholas A. Jamison II, might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This will replicate the tooth enamel layer with 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. Nicholas A. Jamison II will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.
Dr. Nicholas A. Jamison II 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 team will call you to schedule a brief follow-up appointment. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.
If you have a tooth with a bad or missing filling, you should call 970-506-1122 to have it treated with a dental crown in Greeley, Colorado.