Time and poor oral hygiene can cause a small cavity to grow. Eventually, it can spread to compromise so much of the healthy tooth enamel that Dr. Scott Elrod can’t repair it with a conventional dental filling. Should this be the case, he will usually recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown.
For all intents and purposes, a dental crown in Lake Jackson, Texas, is a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself 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 layer has been completely removed, your dentist 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.
Then, your dentist will cement 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.
You will be called back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.
If you have a tooth suffering from a large, untreated cavity, you should call 979-297-0337 to seek treatment at Distinctive Dental Services.