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Small cavities can often be repaired by a standard dental filling. When a cavity is ignored and goes untreated, it can decay a significant amount of tooth enamel. When this happens, your dentist, Dr. Dexter Inniss, might not be able to repair it with a dental filling. In a case like this, he might recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

A dental crown in Conyers, Georgia, is a nearly perfect replica of the tooth enamel layer made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. It is hollow inside and will eventually be anchored on a post-like abutment that is formed from the core structures of the tooth.

To form the abutment, Dr. Dexter Inniss will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel. Then, he will make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.

A hard, plastic cap, called a temporary crown, will be cemented over the abutment. It does not actually restore the full function of the tooth. It is only meant to protect the abutment while you wait for your new crown to be ready.

Dr. Dexter Inniss will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and your new crown will be cemented securely into place.

If you have a large cavity on one of your teeth, you should not delay in calling Gentle Touch Dental at 770-760-7566 to have it examined and treated.