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If you have the bad habit of putting off routine dental checkups at Dr. Sheldon Kupferman‘s office, a small cavity could go undetected. In a situation like this, the decay could spread to a larger area of tooth enamel.

As this happens you might notice increasing sensitivity and discomfort in the tooth. Sometimes a large cavity can compromise the structural integrity of the tooth, causing a small fracture. To treat a severely distressed tooth, Dr. Kupferman might need to replace all of the enamel with a crown.

The treatment process starts with Dr. Kupferman examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. Assuming the interior of the tooth doesn’t need a root canal, he can begin the process of forming an abutment. This is done by using a special dental drill to remove the entire layer of tooth enamel, leaving behind a dentin pillar. This pillar will be the abutment covered by the crown.

A detailed impression will then be prepared of the area. The abutment will be covered with a temporary crown, and the impression will be sent to a dental lab where your crown will be made.

When the crown is ready, we will call you back in for a second appointment. This session will be brief since the dentist just needs to remove the temporary crown and cement the new one into place.

If you live in the Riverdale, New York, area and you have a tooth suffering from an untreated cavity, you should call 718-548-1148 to seek treatment at Riverdale Dental Arts.