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When the natural bacteria in your mouth exploit an area of weakened tooth enamel, it can cause tooth decay to form. When this happens, the resulting cavity can quickly spread to compromise the tooth. Sometimes the tooth decay can be so large that your dentist, Dr. Pooja Goel, can’t repair it with a conventional dental filling. In a case like this, she often recommends a dental crown for the entire tooth enamel layer.

The process starts with your dentist examining the tooth to assess the severity of the decay. If the decay has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth, a root canal might be needed. This involves excising the decayed material before restoring the integrity of the tooth with alternate materials.

If the interior of the tooth is still healthy, your dentist will merely use a drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.

Your dentist will then take an impression of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

We will call you to schedule a second appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief because the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

If you have an untreated cavity on one of your teeth, you should not delay in calling 408-241-6501 to schedule an appointment at Smiles for Life Dental Group. We are happy to see if a dental crown in Santa Clara, California, is right for you.