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When a cavity is repaired with a filling, it will restore the full function of the tooth and prevent tooth decay from spreading.

Unfortunately, the passage of time and inconsistencies in your oral hygiene routine can encourage the bacteria in your mouth to attack the edge of the filling. Should they gain access to the microscopic area between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel, a new cavity could form within the tooth.

To treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. James R. Healy might advocate a dental crown restoration.

This is a near-perfect replica of the enamel layer of the tooth. It is often made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. The crown itself is hollow to allow it to be anchored on a post-like abutment formed from the core structures of the tooth.

Your dentist will remove all the tooth enamel and make a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new crown will be made.

Your dentist will then cement a temporary crown over the abutment. This temporary crown does not actually restore the full function of the tooth. Its only purpose is to protect the abutment while the dental lab technician prepares the final crown.

A member of our staff will call you back in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Once it has been cemented onto the abutment, you can expect the newly restored tooth to last for many years ahead.

If you live in the Ogden, Utah, area and you have a tooth in distress, you need to call 801-394-0808 to seek treatment at Healy Dental Care.