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Plaque acids that build up in your mouth can gradually start to demineralize your tooth enamel. If this acidic oral condition persists for a long time it can cause a small cavity to develop on one of your teeth.

Most cases of tooth decay are discovered during your routine dental checkups with Dr. Jody W. Adams. If you skip one of these important appointments the cavity will gradually worsen. In time the compromised area might grow too large for Dr. Adams to viably repair the tooth with a standard dental filling.

In a case like this, he might recommend a total crown restoration. This treatment will effectively create a replica of the tooth’s enamel layer from an alternate material like dental grade porcelain, gold, or a base metal alloy. The material Dr. Adams recommends for your dental crown will directly be determined by the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and how apparent it is in your smile.

The process typically requires two separate appointments to fully restore a tooth with a dental crown. During the first appointment, he will remove the tooth enamel from the compromised tooth to create an abutment from the underlying dentin.

A detailed impression will then be created of the abutment and surrounding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab where your dental crown will be created from the appropriate material. You will need to return for a second appointment when your dental crown is ready. Your new dental crown will then be cemented onto the abutment with a special dental adhesive.

If you live in the Brigham City, Utah, area and you have a distressed, decayed, or fractured tooth, you should call 435.723.6120 to have it treated at Smile 2 Heart Dental.