Large Cavities Can Be Restored with a Crown

Large cavities and areas of advanced tooth decay are one of the most common reasons why Dr. Jacob Shrayman recommends installing a crown. A crown restores the entire enamel layer in situations where there simply isn’t enough strong, healthy enamel left to secure a filling. The material Dr. Jacob Shrayman recommends for your crown will depend on the tooth’s primary function and relationship to your smile.

The first step in the process of restoring a tooth with a crown, involves Dr. Jacob Shrayman performing a thorough inspection of the tooth. It’s important to determine the integrity of the dentin, pulp and root of the tooth. If the problem extends to these sensitive internal structures, he might need to perform a root canal to restore them.

Next he will form an abutment, by removing the enamel layer of the tooth, leaving behind a small sheath protecting the internal structures of the tooth. In time your permanent crown will be cemented over the abutment to hold it in place.

Dr. Jacob Shrayman will then form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth, including your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for crafting your new crown. Finally, a temporary crown is secured in place to protect the abutment while you wait.

Dr. Jacob Shrayman will call you back in for a brief second appointment when your permanent crown is ready. Then he will remove the temporary crown and cement your permanent crown in place. With proper care and cleaning the restored tooth should serve you for many years to come.

If you have a severely decayed tooth or a tooth with a large cavity, you should call Dr. Jacob Shrayman at (973) 791-4104 to schedule an appointment.

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