Restorative dentistry is most commonly defined as the prevention and treatment of diseases of the teeth in order to restore or bring them back to their best and healthiest state. This includes restoring damaged, decayed, or lost teeth with a variety of different forms of dental work. One of the more common procedures is to have a severely decayed tooth restored with a dental crown.
A crown effectively replaces the enamel layer of a tooth, restoring the enamel layer, while protecting the healthy internal structures of the tooth.
The first step in restoring the tooth with a crown involves Dr. Becker examining the tooth to get a clear understanding of the extent of the decay. If the interior of the tooth suffers from decay, she might need to perform a root canal to restore sufficient structure to anchor a crown.
Next, our dentist in Fishers, Indiana, will form an abutment by removing the majority of the enamel layer. This abutment will later serve to anchor your new crown in place.
Dr. Becker will then form an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be used as a guide for the dental lab, which will make your custom crown. A temporary crown is then cemented over the abutment to protect it.
Dr. Becker will call you back in for a brief second appointment when the crown is ready. The temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is cemented it in place.
If you have a large cavity or an area of decay on one of your teeth, you should call My Dental Care at 317-849-0999 to discuss your treatment options.