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Large cavities pose big problems for the long term health of a tooth. If you ignore the problem for too long, it could compromise so much tooth enamel that our dentist can’t repair it with an ordinary filling. In a case like this, the best treatment option is often to replace the tooth enamel with a crown.

This replaces the tooth enamel with an artificial material such as porcelain, gold, or other metal alloys. The material recommended will depend on where the tooth is in your mouth.

Dr. Anthony Butchert will want to examine the tooth in question and take some X-rays. It’s important to make sure that all of the decay is indeed limited to the tooth enamel. If decay has penetrated deeper into the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal treatment to remove the infected material and rebuild the internal structures.

Our dentist will then remove all of the tooth enamel, leaving behind a small post-like structure called an abutment.  This will serve to anchor your permanent crown.

Dr. Buchert will then make an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth, before covering it with a temporary crown. The impression is sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide while they prepare the crown.

One of our team members will call you in for a brief second appointment when your new crown is ready. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is cemented in place.

If you have a large cavity or otherwise decayed tooth, you should not delay in calling Lifetime Dental Care in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at 715-552-1000 to have it treated.