Even a small cavity or area of tooth decay has the ability to spread quickly. Should a cavity go ignored or unrepaired for too long the decay might extend deep into the pulp or root of the tooth. In a case like this Cardwell Family Dentistry often advocates having a root canal to extract the decayed material and restore the integrity of the tooth, before mounting a crown to completely restore it.
Restoring a badly decayed tooth Cardwell Family Dentistry dentist conducting a thorough examination of the tooth, and taking a few X-rays. This helps us to assess the extent of the damage.
The dentist will then remove all infected and decayed structures before replacing them with a material known as gutta percha. This will effectively form an abutment, to later anchor your crown.
The dentist will then create an impression of the abutment, as well as the corresponding teeth. Then a temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to keep it safe. The impression is sent to a dental lab, where a custom crown is produced.
When your permanent crown is completed Cardwell Family Dentistry will call you back in for another appointment. You can expect this appointment to be brief. The temporary crown is removed and the crown is cemented in place on the abutment to restore the full function and appearance of the tooth.
If you have a cavity that has gone ignored or any tooth suffering from advanced decay, you need to call Cardwell Family Dentistry at 828-631-3567 to schedule an appointment.