The molars in the back of your mouth are called upon to do a significant amount of chewing and grinding. If a large cavity forms on one of these teeth, it can cause pain and heightened sensitivity and it can limit the efficiency of your mouth.
If the cavity is too large for Dr. Henry Bowman to viably repair it with a dental filling, he might recommend restoring it with a dental crown.
Dr. Henry Bowman will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. If the tooth decay has managed to compromise a significant amount of the molar’s internal structures, he might need to perform a root canal. This will replace any decayed material with gutta percha.
Dr. Henry Bowman will then remove any remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind a post-shaped core of the tooth, which is called an abutment. This will serve as an eventual anchor for a dental crown.
At the end of the first appointment, he will form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. The abutment will then be covered by a temporary crown. The impression will be sent off to a dental lab technician who will custom make your new crown.
Since molars are called upon to do a significant amount of grinding and chewing, Dr. Henry Bowman might recommend casting the crown out of durable gold or a base metal alloy.
Dr. Henry Bowman will call you back in for a short second appointment when your crown is completed. Then, he will remove the temporary crown and cement your new crown into place over the abutment.
If you have a molar suffering from a large, untreated cavity and you would like to learn more about a dental crown in Houston, Texas, you should call 713-961-9894 to schedule an appointment at Henry B. Bowman, DDS.