A cavity is a general term used to describe an area of tooth decay that requires repair. A large cavity or one that has been ignored can compromise so much tooth enamel that Bin Park, DDS’s dentists cannot repair it with a simple filling. In a case like this, we will often recommend removing and restoring all of the tooth enamel before restoring it with a crown.
Most crowns are made from artificial materials such as gold, base metals or porcelain. The material your dentist recommends for your crown will be dictated by the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and appearance in your smile.
Installing a crown requires two separate appointments. At the first appointment, the dentist will use a drill to remove the majority of the enamel layer. This creates a post-like abutment that contains the healthy dentin, pulp and root of the tooth.
Your dentist will then create a detailed impression of the abutment and all other relative teeth. The impression is sent off to our offsite dental lab where your crown is custom made. Then a hard plastic temporary crown is cemented into place atop the abutment to protect it while you wait.
We will call you back for the second appointment when your permanent crown is ready. We will carefully remove the temporary crown before cementing your permanent crown in place.
If you have a tooth with a large or ignored cavity, that is giving you troubles, you should call Bin Park, DDS’s Corona, California office for immediate treatment.