A modest-sized cavity can often be repaired by a standard dental filling. Unfortunately, if you struggle to maintain good oral health, the bacteria in your mouth can be encouraged to exploit the surrounding healthy tooth enamel. In time, this can harbor a new cavity.
When this happens, there might not be enough viable tooth enamel to repair the tooth with a new filling. To prevent the decay from penetrating the sensitive internal tissues, Dr. Amanda Rhoades may recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
Your dentist will examine the tooth to make sure no new decay has set in. If decay has penetrated down into the pulp or root of the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal to remove the infected material and restore the missing structure.
After any concerns have been addressed, your dentist will form an abutment. This calls for removing the entire tooth enamel layer, leaving behind a post-like structure of dentin, pulp and root. This abutment will later anchor the crown in your mouth.
Your dentist will then take an impression of the area. This will be sent to a 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.
When your new crown is ready, we will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.
If you would like to learn more about dental crowns in Cincinnati, Ohio, you should call 513-231-7474 to understand your treatment options at Eastern Hills Dental.