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When your daily oral hygiene routine fails to consistently remove residual food particles and plaque from your teeth, it encourages the bacteria in your mouth to attack the tooth enamel. When a large cavity forms, it can spread rather quickly. Without timely attention, the compromised tooth enamel might be too large for your dentist, Dr. David Wilhelm, to repair with a filling.

In a case like this, he often recommends having the majority of the tooth enamel removed and replaced by a dental crown.

The process starts with your dentist examining the tooth to assess the severity of the decay. If the decay has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth, a root canal might be needed. This involves excising the decayed material before restoring the integrity of the tooth with alternate materials.

If the interior of the tooth is still healthy, the dentist will merely use a drill to remove the tooth enamel. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.

A detailed impression will be made of the area, which is sent to a dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then, a hard, plastic, temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to protect it.

A member of our staff will call you to schedule a second appointment when the new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you have a large cavity on one of your teeth, you should call Newport Dental Arts OC at 949-752-1210 to seek timely treatment with a dental crown in Newport Beach, California.