When the natural bacteria in your mouth work to exploit healthy tooth enamel, it can cause a cavity. Without timely treatment, it can easily spread, leading to other potential complications. If your dentist, Dr. Thomas E. Wold, feels that too much tooth enamel has been compromised, he might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
A dental crown in Bend, Oregon, 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.
Once Dr. Thomas E. Wold has removed the tooth enamel, he will create a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown will be made.
At the end of the appointment, Dr. Thomas E. Wold will 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.
Dr. Thomas E. Wold will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and your new crown will be cemented securely into place. With daily brushing and flossing, your newly restored tooth should last for many years to come.
If you have a cavity, you should contact our office at 541.389.1301 to seek timely treatment.