When a tooth is afflicted by a small cavity, Dr. Damon T. Armstrong can often treat the problem by applying a filling made from amalgam or a composite resin. This requires removing the decayed area of tooth enamel and a little bit of the surrounding tooth enamel to create a clean surface for the filling material to bond with.
Any inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene regimen can allow a new cavity to form on another surface of the tooth. If the previous filling was large or the new cavity is in a critical location of the tooth, there might not be enough viable tooth enamel remaining for Dr. Damon T. Armstrong to repair the problem area with a second filling.
In a situation like this, Dr. Damon T. Armstrong might recommend performing a total crown restoration at his, Blackfoot, Idaho clinic.
Dr. Damon T. Armstrong will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to make sure the sensitive internal structures haven’t also been afflicted with bacterial decay. If it has been compromised the pulp or root of the tooth, we might need to perform a root canal.
After the area has been numbed by an injection of Novocain before using a drill to remove all remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind a small post of healthy dentin called an abutment, which will eventually anchor your new crown.
Dr. Damon T. Armstrong will then prepare a detailed impression of the abutment, and a temporary crown is cemented over it. The impression will then be sent to a professional dental lab where the final crown will be created from dental grade materials such as gold, base metal alloys or porcelain ceramic.
A member of Dr. Damon T. Armstrong’s staff will call you to schedule the second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your permanent crown will be cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in Blackfoot, Idaho and you have a previously repaired tooth that you suspect has a new cavity, you shouldn’t delay in calling 208-785-3310 to have it treated by Dr. Damon T. Armstrong.