The natural bacteria living in your mouth are pervasive. Poor oral hygiene can embolden these bacteria to exploit textured or otherwise compromised areas of tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. If it goes without detection or professional treatment, the cavity can spread. In time, so much tooth enamel might be lost that Drs. Rich, Prince, and Dansie cannot viably repair it with a standard dental filling.
For a tooth this significantly afflicted, our dentists might advocate a total dental crown restoration. This is a near-perfect replica of the tooth’s enamel layer. The crown 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 all the tooth enamel has been removed, they will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to our dental lab where your new crown will be created.
Then, a temporary crown will be secured over the abutment. It’s important to keep in mind that this hard, plastic cap 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.
We will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Your dentists will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown securely into place.
If you have a tooth suffering from a large cavity and you’re interested in a dental crown in Orem, Utah, you should not delay in calling 801-224-7900 to have it treated at Frandsen Dental.