When a cavity forms on a tooth, it will inevitably spread. The larger the cavity is the faster it can spread. Without timely treatment, this could compromise so much of the tooth enamel that your dentist, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins, cannot repair it with a basic filling. To effectively treat the problem and prevent the decay from penetrating into the tooth, he might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
A dental crown in Boerne, Texas, is a near 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 to allow it to be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.
After removing the tooth enamel, your dentist will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.
Your dentist will then secure 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.
We will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and will cement your new crown into place.
If you have a tooth with a large cavity, you should call 830-331-7355 to seek timely treatment at our office.