Without early treatment, a cavity will inevitably grow. Poor oral hygiene habits could accelerate the tooth decay. If too much tooth enamel is decayed to secure a filling, your dentist, Dr. Alfred Haeberer, might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
The process starts with your dentist 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.
Your dentist will then take an impression of the area, which is sent to a dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.
We will call you to schedule a second appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.
If you have a tooth suffering from a large cavity, you should call 703-433-2155 schedule an appointment at Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.