Tooth decay can pose a serious threat to your oral health. Beyond impairing your ability to comfortably chew food, a large cavity can spread, potentially leading to tooth loss and infection. If a cavity is large, your dentist, Dr. Nasson Rodriguez, will often recommend replacing all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys.
This often requires two separate appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will numb the area and use a drill to remove all the tooth enamel. This leaves behind an abutment that contains the dentin, pulp and root of the tooth.
A detailed impression will be made of the area to serve as a guide for a dental lab technician who will custom craft the final crown. At the end of the appointment, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be secured over the abutment to protect it.
When your new crown is ready, we will call you back in to have the temporary crown removed and the new crown cemented into place. With proper care and cleaning, it should last for many years to come.
If you have a tooth with a large, untreated cavity, you should call 504-364-1333 to schedule an appointment at Nasson Rodriguez regarding a dental crown in New Orleans, Louisiana.