When the natural bacteria in your mouth gather to exploit an area of weakened tooth enamel, it can sometimes for a rather large cavity. If the cavity is too large to securely anchor a filling, Dr. Jason Kaopua might recommend restoring all of the tooth enamel with a crown.
To do this, it often takes two separate appointments.
The first step in the process involves removing all of the tooth enamel, leaving behind an abutment that houses the internal dentin, pulp and root of the tooth. If any decay has set into these internal structures, Dr. Jason Kaopua might need to perform a root canal to remove infected material and restore the full structure of the tooth.
Once the abutment has been formed, Dr. Jason Kaopua will form a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. Then they will install a hard plastic temporary crown to protect the abutment.
The impression will then be sent off to a dental lab where your permanent crown is fashioned from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The material used to make the crown will be determined by the tooth’s function in your mouth and appearance in your smile.
Dr. Jason Kaopua will call you in for a brief second appointment, once your permanent crown is completed. The temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown is cemented in place.
If you have a tooth with a large cavity, or suffering from significant decay, you should contact Dr. Jason Kaopua’s Everett, Washington office at 425.267.3333 to explore your treatment options.