Tooth decay is often the result of poor oral hygiene habits encouraging the bacteria in your mouth to exploit an area of compromised tooth enamel. This is even more likely to be an issue for a chipped tooth.
Most cavities are detected early during your twice-annual dental checkup at Bryce E. Justesen, DDS. Should you choose to procrastinate your checkup, an undetected and untreated cavity will continue to spread.
Eventually, the decayed tooth enamel can become so large that Dr. Bryce E. Justesen cannot viably treat it with a dental filling. To repair a tooth in this condition, he might recommend a dental crown restoration.
This is a replica of the tooth enamel layer. It is typically made from porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys. The material your dentist recommends for your dental crown will directly be determined by the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and its appearance in your smile.
It typically requires two separate appointments to fully restore a tooth with a dental crown. During the first appointment, your dentist will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the tooth to create an abutment. This healthy core of the tooth contains the dentin, pulp, and root.
A detailed impression will then be taken from the abutment and surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.
A member of our staff will call you to schedule a second appointment when your crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented atop the abutment.
If you have a tooth suffering from a large cavity, please call 480.827.1234 to have it treated by a dental crown in Mesa, Arizona.