Cavities often attack in the enamel layer of a tooth as a result of poor oral hygiene. Early on, a cavity can often be repaired by having your dentist, Dr. Cauleen Stepp, apply a filling. If the area of decay is not repaired in short order, it can compromise a significant amount of tooth enamel. If this proves to be the case, your dentist might recommend restoring all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown in Bellaire, Texas.
At the first appointment, the dentist will examine the tooth to assess the extent of the decay and to make sure the pulp and other interior structures of the tooth are healthy.
Your dentist will then remove the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving a post-like abutment behind. The abutment is essentially the dentin and pulp of the tooth that are still anchored securely in the socket.
A detailed impression will then be cast of the area. This will be sent to the dental lab where a crown will be made to replicate the enamel layer of the previously compromised tooth. At the end of the first appointment, the dentist will secure a hard plastic temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.
We will call you to schedule your second appointment once the dental lab has completed your permanent crown. During this session, the temporary crown will be removed and the final crown will be cemented into place.
If one of your teeth is suffering from a large cavity, you should call Stepp Family Dentistry at 713-520-8400 to seek treatment and restoration.