When poor oral hygiene habits allow tooth decay to exploit an otherwise healthy tooth, the complications can be significant. Without early treatment, the decay can exacerbate and spread deep into the critical internal structures of the tooth. To prevent this from happening, your dentist, Dr. Mehrnaz Iranmehr, might recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.
The process of placing a dental crown in Dallas, Texas, starts with your dentist examining the tooth to assess the severity of the decay. If the decay has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth, a root canal might need to be performed. This involves excising the decayed material before restoring the integrity of the tooth with alternate materials.
If the interior of the tooth is still healthy, your dentist will merely use a drill to remove the tooth enamel. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.
A detailed impression will be made of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then, a temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.
When your final crown is ready, a member of our staff will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your dentist will cement the crown onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.
If you have a large cavity on one of your teeth, you should call 972-447-9707 to seek treatment at Preston Family Dentistry.