The bacteria in your mouth are tenacious. Once they manage to exploit an area of tooth enamel, they will continue to spread the tooth decay throughout the tooth. Without timely treatment at Concept Dental, the compromised area can grow so large that your dentist might not be able to repair it with a standard dental filling. It may need to be restored by a dental crown.
A dental crown in Lynnwood, Washington, is a perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow and it is anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.
After Dr. Berry has removed the entire tooth enamel layer, he will create 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.
Then, Dr. Berry will secure a hard, plastic cap, called a temporary crown, over the abutment. This temporary crown does not actually restore the full function of the tooth. It is only meant to protect the abutment while you wait for your new crown to be ready.
Dr. Berry will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your permanent crown is ready. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and your new crown will be cemented securely into place. With twice-daily brushing and flossing, your newly restored tooth should last for many years to come.
If you have a tooth suffering from a large area of untreated decay, you should call 425-697-3907 to schedule an appointment to have it treated.