Tooth decay typically starts out as a compromised area of tooth enamel, afflicted by the continual presence of the bacteria living in your mouth. With early diagnosis, a small cavity might be repairable with a standard gold, porcelain, amalgam, or composite resin filling. The longer you delay in seeking professional dental care, the more likely the tooth decay is to spread.
If a large area of tooth enamel has been compromised or a dental fracture has occurred near the tooth decay, one of our dentists, Drs. Paul Szmanda, Jim Sobolewski, and Yvonne Schmitz may recommend treating the tooth with a crown restoration in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Our dentist will start by examining the tooth to assess the extent of the decay. If the bacterial presence has penetrated the pulp of the tooth, they might need to perform a root canal. This involves extracting the decayed material before restoring the integrity of the tooth with alternate materials.
Next, our dentist will remove the tooth enamel, leaving behind a small peg of dentin known as an abutment. A detailed impression of the area will be prepared and sent to a dental lab where your final crown is made. Then a temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to protect it.
A brief follow-up appointment will be needed when your crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and our dentist will cement the crown onto the abutment with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in the Wausau, Wisconsin area and you have a tooth suffering from a large cavity, we invite you to call 715-845-3200 to have it treated at Szmanda Dental. Drs. Paul Szmanda, Jim Sobolewski, and Yvonne Schmitz are happy to help you with all of your smile needs!