Cavities occur when an inconsistent or inadequate oral hygiene routine allows the bacteria living in your mouth to exploit an area of weakened tooth enamel. When this occurs, timely treatment is important to prevent the cavity from spreading. If a tooth suffers from a large cavity, your dentist, Dr. John Fonder, might recommend restoring it with a dental crown.
A dental crown in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is essentially a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often 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.
Once the tooth enamel has been removed, Dr. John Fonder will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.
A temporary crown will then be placed over the abutment. It’s important to note that this hard, plastic cap doesn’t 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.
You will be called back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Dr. John Fonder will then remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place with a strong dental adhesive.
If you have a tooth suffering from a large cavity, you should call 918-747-8802 to have it treated and repaired at Midtown Dental Arts.