An inconsistent or inadequate daily oral hygiene routine greatly increases the chances of having tooth decay in your smile. Without timely detection and repair, the general area of tooth decay will continue to spread to compromise more and more tooth enamel.
When a cavity grows too large to be repaired by a standard filling, your dentist, Dr. Robert Doyle, will often recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This is essentially a replica of the tooth enamel layer made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow to allow it to be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.
Dr. Robert Doyle will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel layer. Then, they will create a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new dental crown is made.
Then, Dr. Robert Doyle will secure a hard, plastic cap, called 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.
A member of our Complete Dental Care staff will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Then, they will remove the temporary crown and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.
If you have a large or otherwise untreated cavity, you should call us at 866-471-4028 to seek timely treatment and repair with a dental crown in Martins Ferry, Ohio.