When a small cavity goes without timely treatment, the decay can spread to compromise a significant amount of the tooth enamel. When this happens, there might not be enough healthy enamel remaining for your dentist to secure a new filling. In a case like this, we will often recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown in Florence, Kentucky.
A crown is a replica of the tooth enamel layer. It is typically made from porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The material Dr. Brian A. Moore recommends for your crown will depend on 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 crown. During the first appointment, the dentist will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the tooth, creating an abutment. This healthy core of the tooth contains the dentin, pulp and root.
Your dentist will then make an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. This will be sent to the dental lab where your new crown will be made.
When your crown is ready, a member of our staff will call you to schedule a short follow-up appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented atop the abutment during this appointment.
If you have a large or untreated cavity, you should not delay in contacting Moore Dental Services at (859) 525-0507 to have it examined, treated and repaired.