Cavities are very dangerous. Small-to-medium-sized cavities can often be repaired with a standard filling. However, if a cavity is large or if it has gone too long without the proper treatment, it might compromise so much tooth enamel that not enough remains to anchor a filling.
To treat a problem like this, Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader will often recommend replacing all of the tooth enamel with a crown.
This often requires two separate appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will numb the area and use a drill to remove all of the tooth enamel. This leaves behind an abutment containing the dentin, pulp and root of the tooth.
A detailed impression will be made of the area to serve as a guide for a dental lab technician who actually creates the final crown. At the end of the appointment, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it.
When your new crown is ready, we will call you back in to have the temporary crown removed and the new crown cemented into place. With the proper care and cleaning, it should last for many years to come.
If you have a tooth with a large, untreated cavity, you should call Oakmont Family Dentists at 412-828-3311 to seek timely treatment.