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A filling is typically used to repair a small cavity. However, if a new cavity develops in the same tooth, it could cause additional complications. For a tooth this seriously impaired, Dr. Maria Hayes might recommend a total dental crown restoration.

This method of treatment is designed to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with another material. Most crowns are made from gold, porcelain, or a metallic alloy.

The process starts with Dr. Maria Hayes examining the tooth to assess the severity of the decay. If the decay has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth, she might need to perform a root canal. Then, Dr. Maria Hayes will use a drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a post-like abutment that encases the pulp and root of the tooth.

A detailed impression will be made of the area. This will be sent to an off-site dental lab where your crown will be created. A temporary will then be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

You will need to come in for a follow-up appointment when your new crown is ready. Dr. Maria Hayes will use a strong dental adhesive to cement the crown into place. With good oral hygiene habits, your newly restored tooth will last you for many years to come.

If you live in the Gaithersburg, Maryland, area and you have a tooth in need of treatment, you should call 301-637-6155 to schedule an appointment at Alluring Smiles, LLC.