Small cavities and areas of tooth decay can often be repaired by having Dr. Roe apply a simple dental filling. We have patients come into our office that have small cavities that we can catch right away.
Why Large Cavities Are a Problem
However, there are times when a cavity is so large that there simply isn’t enough viable tooth enamel remaining to anchor a dental filling. This is even more likely to be the case if the tooth has suffered a dental fracture or was previously repaired.
When You Need a Dental Crown
In a case like this Dr. Roe might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown. This will effectively replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternative material such as gold, porcelain, or a blend of base metals.
How Crowns Are Made
The treatment process starts with Dr. Roe numbing the tooth before using a special dental drill to remove the tooth enamel layer. This a healthy sheath of dentin, which is known as an abutment. Eventually, this will anchor your dental crown in place.
An impression will be prepared of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This is sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for the technicians that will create your dental crown.
Followup From a Dental Crown
A staff member at Dr. Roe’s clinic will call you to schedule a short follow up appointment when your dental crown is ready. At this appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your new dental crown will be cemented onto the abutment.