Cavities generally start out as a small area of tooth decay on a tooth’s enamel layer. With early treatment Dr. Nathalie Dowsett might be able to treat a small cavity with a simple dental filling. If the cavity goes unnoticed between dental checkups, the tooth decay could spread to compromise a significant amount of the tooth.
To effectively treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Nathalie Dowsett might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This will essentially replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate material. Most dental crowns are created from gold, dental porcelain, or base metal alloys. These materials will be impervious to future tooth decay.
The treatment process starts with Dr. Nathalie Dowsett using a special dental drill to remove the entirety of the tooth enamel. This leaves behind an anchoring abutment which will eventually secure the dental crown in your mouth.
Dr. Nathalie Dowsett will then cast a detailed impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to guide technicians in creating your crown.
You will need to return for a second appointment when the dental crown is ready. This session will be brief as Dr. Nathalie Dowsett cements the dental crown onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in the Calgary, Alberta, area and you have a tooth suffering from a large cavity, you should call 403.229.0510 to have it treated by Dowsett Dental Health.