A small dental fracture or cavity can sometimes be repaired with a dental filling. This typically calls for removing the compromised tooth enamel to eliminating any existing tooth decay. If a new cavity develops on another surface of the tooth there might not be sufficient healthy tooth enamel remaining to anchor a new dental filling.
In a case such as this [doctor_name] might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown restoration. This often requires two separate appointments to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a special dental material.
[doctor_name] will start by numbing the tooth before using a dental drill to remove the existing dental filling and all remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind a small post of healthy dentin, which is called an abutment. It will eventually anchor your new crown.
[doctor_name] will then prepare a detailed impression of the area before securing a temporary crown over it. The impression will then be sent to a professional dental lab where your dental crown will be created.
You will need to return to [doctor_name]’s dental office when your dental crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and [heshe] will cement the dental crown onto the abutment to complete the dental restoration process.
If you live in [city], [state], and you have a previously repaired tooth that you suspect has a new cavity, you shouldn’t delay in calling [phone] to have it treated at [practice_name].