A Badly Decayed Tooth Might Need to Be Totally Restored by a Crown

Without timely treatment, a cavity can continue to spread on your tooth. This might not leave enough healthy tooth enamel for the tooth to be repaired with an ordinary filling.

In a case like this, Dr. John Vellequette will usually recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown in Sunnyvale, California.

A crown is a 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 so it can be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.

After completely removing the tooth enamel, Dr. John Vellequette will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to the dental lab where your new crown will be made.

Dr. John Vellequette will then secure a hard, plastic cap, called 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.

You will be called back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and will cement your new crown securely into place.

If you have a large cavity on one of your teeth, you should not delay in contacting Smile Center Silicon Valley at 408-245-7500 to seek professional treatment.