If your teeth are crooked, it can do more than just mar your smile. The crooked teeth can actually wear away the enamel of the teeth next to it. If the damage becomes too extensive, a hole is formed in the tooth enamel. This will lead to a cavity, tooth decay, or other oral emergency.
If the hole in your enamel is small, it can sometimes be filled in and repaired with a simple dental filling. However, if tooth decay has deeply affected the area it may be best to restore the tooth with a dental crown. This may sound difficult, but our team focuses on making you as comfortable as possible. You can rest assured, knowing that installing dental crowns is a standard, well-practiced dental procedure. The crown serves to substitute for tooth enamel.
The treatment process begins by using a drill to remove the entire enamel layer of your tooth. This leaves behind a small post of the lower layer of your tooth. This post is known as an abutment; later it will anchor your new dental crown in your mouth.
Dr. Lisa K. Attaway will then prepare a detailed impression of the dentin abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will allow her to insert a temporary crown. The impression of the abutment will then be sent away to a dental lab, where your permanent crown will be created from gold, base metals, or dental-grade porcelain.
After cementing the dental crown in place, the dentist will examine its position in relation to your other teeth, to make sure it fits perfectly in your mouth. If necessary she may make minor changes to the dental crown, or to the tooth that caused the dental attrition in the first place.
If you have a tooth suffering from dental attrition, and you live in the Rockwall, Texas, area, you should call 972-772-3900 to seek treatment at Family Dentistry of Rockwall.