Cavities form on a tooth when poor oral hygiene habits allow bacteria to exploit the tooth enamel. With early detection, a cavity can often be treated and repaired with a basic dental filling. If you procrastinate treatment at Family Dentistry, the tooth decay will inevitably spread to compromise more and more tooth enamel.
There is an unfortunate point when so much healthy tooth enamel has been lost that a filling is no longer a viable treatment option. For a tooth this severely afflicted, Drs. Ogle, Schmitz, Hart, and Fickas might recommend a dental crown in Newburgh, Indiana.
This is a two-stage dental restoration. The first step calls for our dentists to use a drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind an abutment. In time, this will serve as an anchor for the dental crown.
Drs. Ogle, Schmitz, Hart, and Fickas will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to an off-site dental lab where your new crown will be prepared.
A temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment. It 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.
Our dentists will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Then, they will remove the temporary crown before using a strong dental adhesive to cement the new crown into place.
If you have a tooth suffering from a large cavity, you should call 812.853.3313 to seek treatment and restoration at Family Dentistry.