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A cavity is essentially an area of tooth decay that forms when the bacteria living in your mouth manage to exploit an area of tooth enamel. This is more likely to occur if you are inconsistent with your daily oral hygiene routine or if you put off your routine dental checkup. If a cavity is allowed to spread, too much healthy enamel might be lost for your dentist, Dr. Jon C. Bauman, to repair the tooth with a standard dental filling. In a case like this, he might suggest repairing the tooth with a dental crown.

A dental crown in Brighton, Colorado, is a replica of the tooth enamel layer. It is typically made from porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys. The material your dentist recommends for your crown will directly be determined by the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile.

A crown restoration typically takes two separate appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the tooth to create an abutment. This is a healthy sheath of dentin that protects the sensitive pulp and root within.

Your dentist will then take an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians meticulously craft your new crown.

We will call you to schedule a short follow-up appointment when the crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented atop the abutment.

If you have a tooth suffering from a large cavity, you should call 303.659.1920 to schedule an appointment at Riverdale Dental Center.