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When tooth decay afflicts a tooth, poor oral hygiene or a lack for timely professional care can allow it to spread. This can be especially troublesome if it’s a small tooth or a tooth that has already had a cavity treated with an old filling. In many cases when a large amount of tooth enamel has been compromised, Dr. Mark Hughen might recommend treatment with a dental crown.

This two-stage dental restoration will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with another material like porcelain, gold, or metallic alloy.

Your dentist will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. Assuming the interior of the tooth doesn’t need endodontic treatment, he can begin the process of forming an abutment. This is done by using a drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a dentin pillar that enshrouds the softer tissues within the tooth.

A detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth will be made. Then the abutment will be covered with a temporary dental crown. The impression will be sent to an off-site dental lab technician who will make your new crown.

When your dental crown is ready, we will call you back in for a second appointment. This appointment will be brief because all your dentist needs to do is remove the temporary crown and cement the new crown into place.

If you live in the Midland, Texas, area and you have a tooth suffering from an untreated cavity, you should call 432-570-7080 to seek treatment at Primary Dental Clinic.