A cavity or other large areas of tooth decay on one of your teeth, can pose a serious threat to the health of the tooth and the function of your mouth. If a cavity goes ignored for too long, the decay can compromise so much tooth enamel that a dentist can’t repair it with just a standard filling.
In a situation like, this our dentists will often recommend all of the tooth enamel be removed and replaced by a crown.
The process starts with us examining the tooth, to assess the severity of the decay. If the decay has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth, a root canal might need to be performed. This involves excising the decayed material before restoring the integrity of the tooth with alternate materials.
If the interior of the tooth is still healthy, the dentist will merely use a drill to remove all of the tooth enamel. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.
The dentist will then take an impression of the area, which is sent to a dental lab, where your final crown is made. Then a hard, plastic, temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to protect it.
A member of our staff will call you to schedule a second appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown is removed and your permanent crown is cemented into place.
If you have a large cavity on one of your teeth, you should not hesitate in calling our office in at 210-526-0925 to have the tooth treated and restored.