Uncorrected alignment problems in your teeth can cause an area of tooth enamel to gradually wear away. If this dental erosion isn’t treated, the tooth will be at increased risk of getting a severe cavity, dental fracture, or other oral emergency.
If the erosion is small, it can sometimes be repaired by with a simple dental filling. However, if tooth decay has deeply affected the area, or a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised, it may be best to restore the tooth with a dental crown. This may sound scary, but our team focuses on making you as comfortable as possible. Installing dental crowns is a standard, well-practiced dental procedure. The crown serves to both substitute for tooth enamel, and protect your smile.
Dr. Damon T. Armstrong will start the treatment process 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, called dentin. This post is known as an abutment. Later it will anchor your new dental crown in your mouth.
Our dental team will then prepare a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will allow the dentist to affix a temporary crown. The impression of the abutment will then be sent 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 relationship to your other teeth to make sure it is perfect for your mouth. If necessary he might make some minor edits 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 Blackfoot, Idaho, area, you should call 208-785-3310 to seek treatment at Armstrong Dental.