As a cavity develops on a tooth the demineralized area of tooth enamel can sometimes spread quickly. This process of tooth decay can be accelerated if you struggle to maintain a consistent and effective daily oral hygiene regimen.
If a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised, there might not be enough healthy dental structure remaining for the tooth to be repaired with a common dental filling. In a case such as this, we might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This mode of treatment will effectively replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternative material such as gold, porcelain-ceramic, or a metallic alloy.
This involves removing all traces of the tooth’s enamel layer and creating an abutment. The healthy pillar of dentin left behind will eventually anchor the dental crown in your mouth. Once the abutment is prepared, an impression of the area will be made and sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for the lab technicians as they create your dental crown.
You will need to return to Oradent Associates for a short follow-up appointment when the new dental crown is ready. Once it has been cemented onto the abutment the fully restored tooth will last for many years.
If you live in Chicago, Illinois, and you have an untreated cavity on one of your teeth, we invite you to call 773-478-5520 to have it examined and treated by one of our experienced dentists, Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Flicker, or Dr. Sher.