A cavity is often the result of poor oral hygiene habits or the lack of attendance at your regular dental checkup at Family Dental Care Park Ridge. With early diagnosis, Dr. Demas and Dr. Diaz can often repair a small cavity with an amalgam or composite filling.
If the cavity is allowed to spread, or if the tooth has a previous filling, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel to anchor a new filling. To treat a tooth in this condition, it might require your dentist to fix it with a dental crown restoration.
This mode of treatment typically takes two appointments to fully replace the affected tooth enamel layer with another material.
Your dentist will start by examining the tooth to assess the extent of the decay. Then, our dentists will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel and form an abutment out of the core of the tooth. This post-like structure will later anchor the crown in your mouth.
Your dentist will then create a detailed impression of the abutment and any other corresponding teeth. This will be sent to our off-site dental lab where your new crown will be prepared. A temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment to keep it safe while you await the completion of your crown.
You will need to come in for a brief follow-up appointment once the crown is completed. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.
If you have a tooth with a large or otherwise untreated cavity, you should not delay in calling (847) 692.6800 to seek treatment at Family Dental Care Park Ridge’s Park Ridge, Illinois, clinic.