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A large cavity that has gone ignored or a missing filling that has not been repaired for some time can often allow decay to penetrate deep into the tooth. If the decay compromises the pulp or root of a tooth Sierra Vista Dental’s dentist will likely need to perform a root canal to remove the decayed material, and restore sufficient structure to later mount a crown.

Your dentist at Sierra Vista Dental will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. This will serve to assess the extent of the decay and make sure there aren’t looming complications such as an abscess of infection in your gums.

Then Sierra Vista Dental’s dentist will then remove all decayed material and extract any infected tissues. An abutment is then formed from a material called gutta-percha. Later this will serve as the anchor point for a crown. Then they will form an impression of the area, and a temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to protect it.

The impression will be sent to a dental laboratory to serve as a guide for constructing your permanent crown.

When the lab has completed your permanent crown, Sierra Vista Dental’s office will call you in for your second appointment to cement it onto the abutment.

If you have a badly decayed tooth, you should call Sierra Vista Dental’s office in Sierra Vista, Arizona at 520-459-3067 to seek timely treatment and restoration.