Cavities form on your teeth when an inadequate oral hygiene routine fails to remove residual food particles and plaque from your smile. This allows the natural bacteria in your mouth to exploit textured or compromised areas of tooth enamel to form a cavity. If a cavity is detected and treated early, it can often be repaired by a filling.
If a large cavity is allowed to spread, it can compromise so much enamel that a filling can’t effectively repair it. In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Robert Berkowitz, might recommend replacing all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown in Anderson, South Carolina.
These crowns are often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow, which will allow it to be anchored on a post-like abutment that was formed from the core structures of the tooth.
Dr. Robert Berkowitz will use a drill to remove all of the tooth enamel. Then, he will create a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This impression will be sent to the dental lab where your permanent crown is made.
At the end of the appointment, Dr. Robert Berkowitz 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 permanent crown to be made.
Dr. Robert Berkowitz will call you back into Trinity Dental Center for a follow-up appointment when your permanent crown is ready. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.
If you have noticed a large cavity on one of your teeth, you should call Dr. Robert Berkowitz’s office at 864-642-4630 to have it treated and repaired.