Tooth decay is often the result of poor oral hygiene habits allowing the bacteria in your mouth to exploit the tooth enamel. With early detection, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins can repair the tooth with a dental filling. If the tooth decay is allowed to spread, the tooth enamel might be so compromised that a filling is no longer a viable treatment option.
To effectively treat a badly decayed tooth, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins might recommend a dental crown in Houston, Texas.
Your dentist will start by examining the tooth to assess the severity of the decay. If the decay has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth, a root canal might be needed. This involves excising the decayed material before restoring the integrity of the tooth with alternate materials.
A detailed impression will be made of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab where your final crown will be made. Then, a temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.
When your final crown is ready, your dentist will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and the new crown will be cemented onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.
If you are interested in knowing more about a dental crown in Houston, Texas, you should call 281-488-4242 to schedule an appointment at our office.