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When you have a tooth repaired by a porcelain, gold, amalgam, or composite resin dental filling it is designed to restore its full function of many years. As the years go by poor oral hygiene habits can allow the natural bacteria in your mouth to attack the seam between the filling and the healthy tooth enamel.

When this happens you might notice discomfort in the tooth, a change in color, increased sensitivity, or a gray color appearing in the tooth enamel. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in a previously repaired tooth, you should not delay in seeking treatment at Dr. Forrest Packard’s dental office.

In a short amount of time he can determine the severity of the problem and the most effective method to treat the tooth. If the distressed dental filling is large, Dr. Forrest Packard might recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

This restoration method typically requires two separate appointments. It is designed to fully replicate the tooth enamel layer in an alternate dental material.

After numbing the tooth, Dr. Forrest Packard will start the process of forming an abutment. To do this he will use a dental drill to remove the entire enamel layer of the tooth leaving behind a small pillar of unaffected dentin. This abutment will later serve to anchor the dental crown firmly in your mouth.

The dental crown will need to be created in a professional dental lab. When it’s ready a member of staff at Creekside Dental Ellensburg will call you to schedule a second appointment. Once it has been cemented in place the dental crown will fully restore the original strength of your tooth.

If you live in the Ellensburg, Washington, area and you have a tooth with a distressed filling, you should call 509-933-4800 to have it treated at Creekside Dental Ellensburg.