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Advanced or severe tooth decay can significantly compromise the function and appearance of one of your teeth. In many cases, it can even have a negative impact on the rest of your mouth. If too much of the enamel layer of the tooth has been compromised to repair it with a filling, Evans Street Dental Center will often recommend having the tooth restored by a crown.
In most cases, restoring a tooth with a crown requires two separate appointments.
The first appointment starts with your Evans Street Dental Center dentist examining the tooth, and taking X-rays to assess the overall health and integrity of the internal structures of the tooth. If the area of decay penetrates the pulp, nerve or infects the root of the tooth, they might need to perform a root canal to remove and restore the affected internal structures.
Your dentist will then form an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer with a drill. This abutment will eventually provide a strong anchor to secure your crown in place. Finally, an impression is made and the abutment will have a hard plastic temporary crown cemented in place over it. The impression will be sent to our dental lab where your permanent crown is made.
Once the lab has completed your crown, Evans Street Dental Center will call you back in for the second appointment. This procedure is brief, as the dentist removes the temporary crown and cements your permanent crown in place.
If one of your teeth is suffering from advanced tooth decay, you should call Evans Street Dental Center at 503-472-1402 to explore your restoration options.