Without Timely Care, a Tooth with a Large Cavity May Need a Crown

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Professional dental care, like the services rendered at North Shore Family Dentistry, is designed to examine, diagnose, treat or restore a wide range of oral care issues. If you procrastinate your biannual dental checkup at our office, you are at increased risk of suffering tooth decay and gum disease.

If a cavity goes untreated for too long, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to secure a dental filling. To treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Carrie Guernsey might recommend a dental crown restoration.

This will fully replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an artificial material that is immune to bacterial tooth decay.

This is a two-stage restoration that starts with a thorough examination of the tooth in question. It’s important to make sure that no new cavities have developed. Your dentist will then remove the tooth enamel layer with a drill. This leaves behind a small pillar of dentin called an abutment. In time, this will anchor the crown.

An impression will then be cast of the abutment and the related teeth in the area. Then it will be covered with a temporary dental crown. The impression will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians prepare the crown.

You will need to come in for a second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you live in the Stoneham, Massachusetts, area and you have a tooth suffering from an untreated cavity, you should not delay in calling 781-662-1999 to have it treated at North Shore Family Dentistry.