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One small cavity or chip can sometimes be repaired with a simple dental filling made from amalgam or composite resin. In the case of a large molar or premolar, a secondary cavity or physical defect might also be repaired with a dental filling.

However, some cavities and fractures can compromise so much tooth enamel that there simply isn’t sufficient healthy structure remaining to marry a dental filling in place. This situation often calls for Dr. Grant R Young to treat the tooth by performing a dental crown restoration.

This treatment plan is designed to fully replace the tooth’s entire enamel layer with another material such as gold, base metals, or a special type of dental grade porcelain-ceramic. The dental crown will need to be anchored in your mouth by an abutment created from the existing dentin layer of the tooth.  

This requires removing the remnants of the existing tooth enamel and creating an impression. This will be sent along with all other pertinent information to an off-site dental lab where your dental crown will be produced from the applicable material.

You will need to return to Grant R Young DDS’s dental offices for a second appointment to have the dental crown cemented directly onto the abutment. This will fully restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth.

If you live in the Wausau, Wisconsin, area and you have a problem with one of your teeth, you should call 715-845-6222 to seek treatment at Grant R Young DDS.