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How is Your Tooth Prepared for a Crown?
Posted on 4/20/2019 by Salem Dental Arts
If you have a tooth with a cavity many times we can fill it and you can go on your way. But if you don't come for your annual checkup-up, many times the damage to the tooth is too great. If this happens to your tooth our options for repair are limited. A simple filling, that is reasonably affordable, may no longer be an option and we will have to go to plan B, which is a crown. A crown is more expensive and requires multiple visits, usually just two, and it is a long-term solution. A crown can last for decades. You can eat just like you did before and there are several materials that can be used to create your crown. What Steps Are Taken to Get My Tooth Ready?To give you a crown we must make sure that the tooth has a minimal thickness and is strong enough to support the crown. To do this we measure the tooth and then we reduce the extra tooth material. This is called a reduction. The tooth must have a specific shape to fit the crown, so we use tools that shave away portions of the teeth to shape it and also to remove any decay that may be present. Reducing the amount of tooth that you have is nothing to worry about, the crown makes up for the amount of material that is removed from your tooth. If too much material had to be removed, we then have to build up the core of your tooth, particularly if we had to remove a filling that was present. This build-up is done with either amalgam or composite. Once the build-up is complete, we move to the next step. If you would like further information, please contact us to find out more....

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