Poor oral hygiene practices can allow tooth decay to attack the enamel layer of a tooth. Sometimes you can notice this happening by a change in the tooth’s texture or increased sensitivity in the tooth. Even if you don’t experience any overt symptoms, your regular dental exam and cleaning at Frandsen Dental will allow our team to detect any cavities.
If you have a bad habit of procrastinating your bi-annual dental checkup, a small cavity could continue to spread. In time, the tooth decay might compromise so much of the tooth that it can’t viably be treated with a dental filling. To effectively treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Brian Frandsen might need to perform a dental crown restoration.
This restoration process is designed to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternative material.
The first step in the process calls for Dr. Brian Frandsen removing the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a small pillar of dentin that is known as an abutment. In time, this will anchor the crown in place.
Dr. Brian Frandsen will then make a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made. Dr. Brian Frandsen will secure a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it. This does not actually restore the full function of the tooth.
A second appointment will be required when your new crown is ready. Then, Dr. Brian Frandsen will remove the temporary crown and will cement your new crown securely into place. With twice-daily brushing and flossing, your newly restored tooth should last for many years to come.
If you live in the Grantsville, Utah, area and you have a tooth suffering from a large cavity, you should call 435-884-3002 to seek timely treatment and restoration at Frandsen Dental.