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If you allow your daily hygiene routine to become a token gesture towards oral care, then you might be allowing cavities to develop into real problems. The bacteria you don’t remove attacks your teeth and forms large pits that threaten the structure of your teeth. If they get to this stage, the cavity might be too big to repair with a filling.

A dental crown may be recommended in such cases. A crown is a metal or porcelain cap shaped to be a near-exact replica of the tooth’s enamel. It is made to be hollow to fit over the core structures of the tooth shaped into a post called an abutment.

To form the abutment, Dr. John McMurray 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 temporary crown will then be secured over the abutment. This temporary crown 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.

A member of our dental team will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. This appointment will be brief as the temporary crown will be removed and your new crown will be cemented into place.

To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule your appointment with our dentist, please call Legacy Smiles Family Dental in Meridian, Idaho, today.